Arrested Development
Arrested Development


Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Hip hop, alternative hip hop

Years active

1988-1996, 2000-present


Chrysalis (1992-1994)
Fabulous Records (2001)
Edel Records (2004-2006)
Vagabond Records & Tapes (2009-present)


  • Montsho Eshe
  • JJ Boogie
  • Tasha Larae
  • Baba Oje
  • One Love
  • Rasa Don
  • Speech
  • Za

Past members

  • Aerle Taree
  • Ajile
  • Dionne Farris
  • Foley
  • Headliner
  • Kwesi Asuo
  • Nadirah Shakoor

Arrested Development is an American hip hop group from Atlanta, Georgia. The group was founded by Speech and Headliner as a positive, Afrocentric alternative to the gangsta rap genre that was popular in the early 1990s. The group won two Grammy Awards in 1993 for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for their song "Tennessee" from their debut album 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of....

Their 1994 follow-up album Zingalamaduni sold poorly and received mediocre reviews. The group broke up in 1996 due to "creative differences", and Speech begin his solo career by releasing a self-titled solo album that same year. The group reunited in 2000, and have continued to tour and release records via Speech's label Vagabond Records & Tapes.