Speech Inks New Solo Deal, Sophomore Album Due This Summer

Former Arrested Development frontman Speech has inked a new solo deal with TVT Records. The label plans to issue the alt-rapper’s sophomore album, “Hoopla,” this summer.

The record will mark Speech’s first solo work since 1996, when his self-titled debut was released a few months after Arrested Development officially disbanded. The Grammy-winning rap group had been on an informal hiatus following its second studio album, 1994′s “Zingalamaduni.”

As part of Arrested Development, Speech helped lay the groundwork for such socially minded hip-hop acts as the Fugees and Outkast with the group’s 1992 debut, “3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of…,” which spawned the hits “Tennessee” and “People Everyday.”

For his new solo album (which Speech also produced), the rapper hooked up with a few guests, including Cameo vocalist Tomi Jenkins, singer Nadirah Shakoor, and Atlanta-based group Mental Menace. Speech also pays tribute to Bob Marley on the record with a cover of his classic
protest ballad “Redemption Song.”

The first single from “Hoopla” will be “Clocks In Sync with Mine,” a track Speech plans to release to radio later this month.