Maybe we were too busy sniffin' glue or somethin', but we
missed the part where the innovative rap group Arrested Development broke up.
The group's leader, Speech, says in a statement released to the press: "We
never looked at each other and said, 'let's break up,' it just happened over a
period of time..." Anyway, point is that Speech, the group's engaging lead
rapper/songwriter, is back with a solo album (natch) due out Jan. 23. The 15
track album, titled simply Speech includes the same mix of social
commentary, upfront politics, street poetry and heartfelt optimism that won
fans over when Arrested Development's debut, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days In
The Life Of..., was released in 1992. Speech produced the album in Atlanta,
where Vagabond Productions, his multi-cultural production company, is based.
Songs on the album include: "ask somebody who ain't (if U think the system's
workin'...), "let's be hippies," "ghetto sex," and the first single, "like
Marvin Gaye said (what's going on)." Vagabond has been promoting concerts
featuring alternative black artists like Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, Ben
Harper and the Roots during the past three