(SONIC HOST) SPEECH IS HERE
(MUZE) hey speech
(SONIC HOST) HEY SPEECH, WHAT'S UP?
(DANNY CHAVIS) did you see the cream reunion
(ANDREW SARNOW) muze, speech is here
(MUZE) i know where is he
(SPEECH) whats up?
(SPEECH) how's everybody feeling tonight?
(ANDREW SARNOW) yeah
(MUZE) cool. have you done this before?
(DANNY CHAVIS) Hello Speech what up?
(SPEECH) what's up danny?
(SONIC HOST) WET AND COLD
(DANNY CHAVIS) Well, I'm kinda mad at numbers tonight
(DANNY CHAVIS) Music, my brother..
(SPEECH) i've done one online cobnference withMTv
(SONIC HOST) SPEECH, WHERE ARE YOU CALLING FROM TONIGHT?
(SPEECH) atlatLANTA ,GEORGIA
(MIKE BAGLEY) how's the weather in hotlanta tonite?
(ANDREW SARNOW) speech, do you watch melrose place
(SPEECH) BEAUTIFUL! IT'S 67 DEGREES
(MUZE) believe it or not, here too
(SPEECH) NO. I'M NOT REALLY INTO MELROSE PLACE
(MUZE) neither am I but it was good tonight
(STARR) Speech What's up? what have you been working on?
(SPEECH) WHERE IS HERE MUZE?
(MUZE) Brooklyn, actually
(DANNY CHAVIS) So, what is the current lineup for
(SPEECH) I'VE LATELY BEEN JUST MAKING MUSIC
(NICHOLAS) you have a home studio?
(SPEECH) yes nicholas. i just got a home studio. it's a
dream come true. I call it the podium
(SPEECH) do you mean members?
(DANNY CHAVIS) Yes, I know your new keyboard player is
from Follow For Now - I know him
(SPEECH) Yes he toured with us on womad tour and wood
(MUZE) yeah, who's in the group now?
(NICHOLAS) the teacher's podium?
(MIKE BAGLEY) did you attend coretta's speech today?
(SONIC HOST) WHAT'D YOU THINK OF WOMAD?
(SPEECH) I love Womad. I think it's a fanatastic tour.
Plus I love being outside for shows.
(DANNY CHAVIS) beautiful, I think he's really great for
you guys - Are you familiar with any other black
alternative bands in Atlanta?
(SPEECH) Yes there is Wild Peach, Moebius trip, Billy
Club, The Chronical and alot of others
(STARR) I saw you guys at WOMAD it was a great show
(SPEECH) no the music is the speech and the studio is the
podium. and no I didn't attend the speech today
(MUZE) Weren't FFN in the BRC?
(ANDREW SARNOW) Speech, do you feel arrested development
is "alternative" or "rap"?
(NICHOLAS) it's music
(ANDREW SARNOW) do you feel there should be any
(SPEECH) No I feel that music should cross all boundries.
(NICHOLAS) too bad the politics of Womad didn't reach
(MIKE BAGLEY) what's your feelings on the situation with
(SPEECH) I tend to feel that It's not true, But you never
know and I haven't really researched it.
(DANNY CHAVIS) THE BRC is a confusing organization - It's
hard for many young black groups to get started within
(ANDREW SARNOW) what is the BRC?
(MUZE) Black Rock Coalition
(NICHOLAS) black rock coalition
(ANDREW SARNOW) thank you
(STARR) Speech our school is having Fusion, what's that
(SPEECH) That's beautiful starr. Where are you?
(STARR) Oberlin College
(SPEECH) Fusion is a multicultural, musical with alot of
dance. We call it a Dansical. It chronicals the history
of black music and dance and it's importance on American
culture and politics.
(DANNY CHAVIS) I don't like the term "Black Rock" - What
about you Speech?
(MUZE) I havent' really heard that term used, except in
the title of the org.
(NICHOLAS) sounds like entrapment to me.
(MUZE) Damn. OHIO?
(STARR) do not diss Ohio
(SONIC HOST) WHAT'S WRONG WITH OHIO?
(MUZE) Nothing! Do you know Lem Oppenheimer?
(DANNY CHAVIS) Being a black musician - I find that the
BRC just alienates us further.
(NICHOLAS) Speech, do you have any words on the kind of
music you're making?
(MIKE BAGLEY) do you feel that the new film about brother
malcolm will shed more light on....
(STARR) What's your affiliation with the show?
(NICHOLAS) It must be pretty long, then
(MIKE BAGLEY) louis farraken?
(ANDREW SARNOW) Do you feel there is not enough black
history taught in the black community?
(NICHOLAS) or in the white community!
(SONIC HOST) MAYBE WE SHOULD SLOW DOWN THE QUESTIONS FOR
A SECOND.. LET SPEECH CATCH UP...
(SPEECH) As far as the BRC is concerned Im not part of
the organization but I hope that their intent is not to
alienate but to further publicize the beauty of these
(SPEECH) Mike What film are you referring to?
(MUZE) I think the BRC has good intentions. How
effective it is, that's another matter.
(DANNY CHAVIS) what do you think could help young black
alternative groups not be categorized into either hip-
hop, funk or r&b? not that there is anything
wrong with these groups - but what about those black
musicians that don't fit the norm?
(SPEECH) Danny, Let me think about that for a minute
(NICHOLAS) "Brother Malcolm" is a new documentary about
Malcolm X's assassination
(SPEECH) I hope that it does shed more light on the
subject but I haven't had a chance to see it.
(SONIC HOST) ANDY, YOU HAD A QUESTION EARLIER
(ANDREW SARNOW) how much are you involved within the
(ANDREW SARNOW) within Atlanta?
(SPEECH) I live in the black community anmdrew. But in
what ways do you mean?
(ANDREW SARNOW) education -- sharing of your views to the
(STARR) Speech, I loved Zingalamaduni, it was an amazing
album. How come so few people knew it was out?
(NICHOLAS) I have a good question -- how can we get Newt
Gingrich voted out of office down there?
(SPEECH) I'm about to embark on a lecture tour starting
February 1 during Blackj history month and I hope to
stirr up meaningful dialogue and activism in each place
that I visit.
(SPEECH) Yes, last year I did a lecture tour
(SPEECH) It was alot of fun I liked it and learned alot
(SONIC HOST) WHAT ABOUT ZINGALAMADUNI?
(SPEECH) Thank you. I think it was a combination of our
record label wanting to push A.D. as a pop group and when
pop radio did not catch on to it the label didn't know
what else to do.
(NICHOLAS) what kind of activism do you want to see,
(SPEECH) I'd like to see people truly attempt to live the
positive afrocentric lifestyles enabling us as a people
to better provide a healthy lifestyle for ourselves
(SONIC HOST) ARE YOU SPEECHLESS?
(DANNY CHAVIS) What do you feel your role is in the
history of black musicians & do you feel you have
influenced music as much as Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Lee &
Love, & The Chambers brothers?
(MIKE BAGLEY) will you and chuck d work together on any
community projects in the future?
(STARR) It was definetly more of a "concept" album than
anything pop radio would play
(DANNY CHAVIS) love is a beautiful thing everybody
(SONIC HOST) MIKE ASKED ABOUT YOU AND CHUCK D WORKING
(NICHOLAS) what are the elements of an afrocentric
(SPEECH) I look at the music industry as documentation of
musical history and by being in this industry I feel that
I've played a part, but so far I don't feel as large as
Hendrix. If God willling maybe in the future.
(DANNY CHAVIS) Nicholas, I think it's to be true to
yourself & true to your heart - not any different from a
anglocentric lifestyle -eh?
(NICHOLAS) <---trying NOT to lead an anglocentric
(NICHOLAS) but yeah
(DANNY CHAVIS) You're just as beautiful..
(SPEECH) I've finally had a chance to meet Chuck D last
year on New Year's Eve. We kicked it to an Isley Bros.
Concert and we made a vow that night that
we would be involved in future political and musical
(SONIC HOST) HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN RELATION TO THE
RAP COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, SPEECH?
(DANNY CHAVIS) brothers gotta work it out!
(ANDREW SARNOW) and do you feel you have a different
audience then your rap peers (white/colleg?)
(SPEECH) I'm just a part of the diverse and exciting
puzzle of HIP-HOP
(DANNY CHAVIS) did you ever have an afro?
(MIKE BAGLEY) could this mean a joint ad/pe album at some
time?or maybe a new music label?
(SONIC HOST) YES, ACTUALLY I DID
(SPEECH) No Andrew I dont. Whether from Snoop DOgg to
many of the same audiences
(DANNY CHAVIS) Conference poll - who had afros here??
(SPEECH) Yes I actually I did.
(MIKE BAGLEY) i did!
(SONIC HOST) WE ALL DID
(ANDREW SARNOW) i had the steve perry look
(DANNY CHAVIS) COOL!!
(SONIC HOST) NICE, ANDREW
(SPEECH) In response to the question about the grouping
of black musicians. Hopefully we will find other ways to
promote good music perhaps Sonic Net. Ha Ha!
(NICHOLAS) yeah! actually, do you know any good black
music/black culture sites on the internet?
(SPEECH) Becuase then we wont have to rely on the
segregated radio system here in America. Radio overseas
is very different
(NICHOLAS) yeah, actually MTV is much more diverse. but
limited also, of course
(ANDREW SARNOW) MTV still segregates through different
(NICHOLAS) not as much anymore
(SPEECH) There is a brother who run
(DANNY CHAVIS) yeah it sucks you have to be categorized
in MTV & radio here.
(NICHOLAS) what about that brother?
(SONIC HOST) SPEECH, WHAT'D YOU THINK ABOUT THE VIBE
(SPEECH) There is a brother in Seattle Washington who
runs a BBS called Afrolink. I dont have the number here
but he's in the back of Ebony Magazine.
(ANDREW SARNOW) Do you feel creatively limited by the
size of Arrested Development?
(NICHOLAS) cool, I'll check it out. thanks
(DOUG COOPER) good evening.
(SONIC HOST) hey DC
(DOUG COOPER) hey, sonic host
(DANNY CHAVIS) Hey Speech do you know Barbara Bebe? She's
starting up a black alternative magazine?
(SPEECH) I felt the VIBE article was a little weird.
first of all I must say I dont read articles about myself
or the group but I heard alot about that article and I'll
say that I feel the journalist was possibly trying to get
a promotion or a controversy award.
(STARR) She definetly had an agenda
(SPEECH) Everyone in the group disagreed with the article
(SONIC HOST) WHAT'D THEY SAY?
(ANDREW SARNOW) do you feel limited by the size of AD?
(SPEECH) Honestly sometimes I do feel a bit limited.
Where is the magazine located?
(SONIC HOST) DANNY?
(NICHOLAS) Do you write music collaboratively or
(DANNY CHAVIS) I saw three of your backup women
performing on BET - what's the name of the group?
(DANNY CHAVIS) the magazine is based in Atlanta
(SPEECH) I think I've heard of it. What's it called.
(SPEECH) We write our music both ways
(DANNY CHAVIS) You should contact her - she's in your
neighborhood - her address is:
(DANNY CHAVIS) 1038 Macmillian ST. NW Atlanta, GA 30318 -
(NICHOLAS) Hey, did we ask about plans for the next album
(MIKE BAGLEY) vibe is kind of weird these days. not sure
if even quincy knows what he wants
(SONIC HOST) STARR, GOT A QUESTION?
(STARR) Yeah, Speech what's next for you?
(SPEECH) The next A.D. album is planned for 1997
(NICHOLAS) 1997! you guys are taking even more time than
(SONIC HOST) WHY SO LONG?
(STARR) Will Baba Oje be around that long?
(DANNY CHAVIS) Speech, do you feel that muilticulturism
is overly commercialized these days? It's a good thing;
but does the media exploit it? Is it real?
(SPEECH) Yes. In the meantime many of our family are
working on independent projects. One of them being
Nadirah Taree and Ambrit from Gumbo which was on BET
(NICHOLAS) Speech, you'll fill up the Podium with tapes
(ANDREW SARNOW) at least a few more people know it's out
(SPEECH) Baba Oje will very likely outlast all of us HA
(DOUG COOPER) Do you feel that Canada is the center of
(NICHOLAS) Doug go back to Moose Jaw!
(ANDREW SARNOW) have you been hangin' with anyone on the
(NICHOLAS) just kidding
(STARR) How much does he get for sitting in that chair?
(DOUG COOPER) (limping back to Moose Jaw)
(ANDREW SARNOW) jello biafra...KRS one
(DANNY CHAVIS) Speech, are you a fan of Arthur Lee &
LOVE?? I think you'll really like them that's where we
stole our logo from - you know hero-worship in the
(ANDREW SARNOW) Danny, who are you playing with?
(NICHOLAS) Arthur Lee is a genius but kind of a strange
(SPEECH) Multiculturalism is just a term so we people can
communicate with each other. It's the meaning of it that
we need to uphold and media is rarely into meaning just
(DANNY CHAVIS) with myself mostly, but on other days I
play with THE VELDT.
(ANDREW SARNOW) just a plug?
(DANNY CHAVIS) yeah and?
(SONIC HOST) SPEECH, HOW'D YOU DEAL WITH THE SUDDEN
SUCCESS AFTER THE FIRST ALBUM?
(SPEECH) Yo. Big props to the VELDT
(DANNY CHAVIS) Big Ups to you Peace.
(STARR) Speech, how do you define multiculturalism and
why do you think it's so important?
(SPEECH) In retrospect it was hard to deal with but i'm
very thankful and blessed to be able to express myself
through music and to fulfill the mission I believe was
given to me by the Most High.
(MIKE BAGLEY) should more black musicians follow the lead
of companies such as bad boy and....form our own
(DANNY CHAVIS) like the bad boy himself - Michael Ivey??
(SPEECH) We live in a multicultural society and promoting
and educating each other about these cultures is
(SONIC HOST) MIKE WAS ON HERE LAST MONTH
(DANNY CHAVIS) Yeah, I heard - & it seems he's got a
(ANDREW SARNOW) Are you hangin' with anyone on the
lecture circuit (Jello
(SPEECH) Understanding other peoples cultures through a
deep understanding of your own allows us all to see our
connection with each other
(SPEECH) I hung out with KRS ONe and Chuck D in NYC about
six months ago. I also own a lecture company called
Vagabond Program Division and we represent people from
myself to Spike Lee to Gill Scott Heron to Gay rights
(DANNY CHAVIS) Yes, I think that you arealways afraid of
the unfamiliar..& that when you become familiar with
those around you - it's called "LOVE".
(JANIS) heyhey speech, what are your views on misognyny
in the rap community?
(NICHOLAS) cool. what kind of gay rights activists?
(MIKE BAGLEY) krs seems to be a little unsure about his
role in the hip hop community........at timesitt t
(MIKE BAGLEY) at times...especially that incident with pm
(DANNY CHAVIS) Speech - who do you love?? today, right
now, tomorrow & forever - is it god??
(STARR) Speech, you ever get the urge to go kick PM
(SONIC HOST) SPEECH, HOW ABOUT JANIS' QUESTION ABOUT
MISOGYNY IN THE RAP COMM.?
(SPEECH) I've always been a fan of KRS One although thats
not how I would have handled the PM Dawn situation
(DANNY CHAVIS) Yeah Pew Yew Dawn - they stink especially
the fat boy - he's really snotty
(ANDREW SARNOW) what do you think about John Singlton,
and Higher Learning?
(SPEECH) No I dont. In fact I respect PM Dawn's decision
to do their own thing.
(SPEECH) I enjoyed the movie.
(MIKE BAGLEY) that's what music is all about
(DANNY CHAVIS) Beautiful
(NICHOLAS) here's a typical interview question -- what
records did you listen to the most last year?
(JANIS) hey hey speech, what do you think about mysogyny
in the rap community?
(SPEECH) What does Misogyny mean to you?
(SONIC HOST) WELL, JANIS?
(JANIS) guys who don't treat women as equals or with
(NICHOLAS) the roots mean fear of women
(JANIS) and whoand who hold them to different standards
(JANIS) double standard and power is the game
(DANNY CHAVIS) my grandmother means everything to me
(SONIC HOST) Rant on, Janis
(ANDREW SARNOW) you mean, "all the ho's put there hands
in the air?"
(JANIS) yeah, sarnow
(SPEECH) I try to promote and practice respect for women
in my own lifestyle
(MIKE BAGLEY) in which direction do you see hip hop
(DANNY CHAVIS) if they're not a ho - they shouldn't put
their hands in the air
(JANIS) are you trying to rile me up, chavis?
(SPEECH) Alot of different directions. From forward to
stagnant and backwards
(DANNY CHAVIS) Uh huh huh, uh huh huh - no, but are you a
(JANIS) what a conversation stopper
(NICHOLAS) what's backwards mean?
(DANNY CHAVIS) i dis
(ANDREW SARNOW) where do you feel itis right now?
(JANIS) Your're a doof chavis
(STARR) Speech, What's your view on lyrical
responsibility? Do you think there is an element of
racism in conservative groups coming down against 2Live
Crew andgangsta lyrics while many white metal or satanic
groups go untouched?
(ANDREW SARNOW) forward, stagnat or bwards?
(SONIC HOST) HOW ABOUT STARR'S QUESTION? CENSORSHIP,
(ANDREW SARNOW) go devil go
(NICHOLAS) Starr, most attacks on hiphop now come from
elders in the black community
(JANIS) we already know the answer to the question starr.
Why do we have to ask speech?
(STARR) Tell that to Jack Thompson the conservative
lawyer in Miami who busted Luther
(NICHOLAS) Ben Chavis, Carole Mosely Braun, etc.
(DANNY CHAVIS) ooh, slam - I didn't mean it like that my
finger must've hit the wrong two letters
(ANDREW SARNOW) Nicholas, what do you think about the
rift between Bill Cosby and Martin Lawrence? or anyone?
(NICHOLAS) he hasn't been too active lately, starr.
(NICHOLAS) ? what rift?
(ANDREW SARNOW) Bill Cosby doesn't go for thet Def Jam
(SPEECH) We all have a responsibility to each other. not
just lyrically but in how we live our everyday lives. My
music although it reaches many people is still an
extension of myself. If people practice personal
responsibility it would reflect in their artistic
(ANDREW SARNOW) he feels they are just putting on a
minstril show for the white execs
(MIKE BAGLEY) but will we finally see a move towards
positive hip hop on commercial radio?
(DANNY CHAVIS) dear janis forgive me for i have doofed
(ANDREW SARNOW) ...Martin retaliated with -- Bill doesn't
know what he's talking about
(ANDREW SARNOW) doesn't understand the current community
(SONIC HOST) HEY WE'RE GONNA START WRAPPING IT UP...
(SONIC HOST) ANY LAST WORDS, SPEECH?
(DANNY CHAVIS) Speech, do you think beards went out with
(ANDREW SARNOW) who cuts your hair?
(SPEECH) If you continue to support positive Hip Hop I'm
sure it will continue to be there.
(SONIC HOST) THANKS FOR HANGING OUT ONLINE
(MIKE BAGLEY) but on commercial radio?
(NICHOLAS) i thought Tupac's "keep your head up" was one
of the most positive songs all year....
(DANNY CHAVIS) Speech, Is AD planning any tours to the
Far East in the future?
(STARR) I look forward to seeing Fusion!!!
(SPEECH) We as youth have to make sure that we keep an
effective line of communication with our elders. I
personally feel that many of our elders just don't
understand our position. Neither do we take the time to
understand theirs but regardless if there is any progress
to be made it will be because of a mutual respect and
understanding between ourselves as youth and our
foremothers and forefathers
(DANNY CHAVIS) WORD is BOND!
(SPEECH) Peace and Love and Respect to all of those on-
line. Im going to sleep.
(NICHOLAS) Peace. Thanks.
(ANDREW SARNOW) thanks
(DANNY CHAVIS) I got nothing but love for y'all - peace &
prosperity to all that you & AD do - look forward to
seeing your shows in the futures