GRAND OPENING STREET PARTY
- SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
- 1:00 – 7:00PM
- PABST MILWAUKEE BREWERY
- 1037 W JUNEAU AVE
- MILWAUKEE, WI 3233
Grand Opening Street Festival! FREE entry
Featuring beer, food, live music, live art, games, and DJ Marcus Doucette spinning between bands
All ages to enter, 21+ to drink
N. 11th St and W. Juneau ave (street closure)
Outdoor stage featuring live music by:
New Age Narcissism (w/ Lex Allen, Siren and Lorde Fredd33)
Hugh Masterson (of Hugh Bob and the Hustle)
Live screen printing featuring designs by:
Orchard Street Press
Redwall Screen Printing
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Nationwide — Arrested Development (AD) are true trailblazers within music. They first blew people’s minds in 1991, championing hip-hop from the south while spreading a unique mixture of consciousness and musicality to the scene. Their southern style came before the releases of Outkast and other southern rap movements. Lead vocalist, Speech’s melodic rap style was prior to Bone Thugs n Harmony, Nelly or Drake, they were also among the first to have both men and women in the same hip-hop group. Awarded as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time by VH-1, Arrested Development always brought an alternative to gangsta rap lyrics while maintaining respect for their peers.
Their first album, 3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of… just celebrated it’s 25th birthday on March 24th. Selling over 4 million albums (RIAA) they were awarded 2 MTV Awards (93), their debut song “Tennessee” was voted one of the “500 songs that shaped rock and roll” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AD won two Grammy awards (1993 – Best New Artist & Best Rap Single – Tennessee), Rolling Stone Magazine named them band of the year in 1992 and they were the first, and last rap group (thus far), to win the Grammy’s coveted Best New Artist award.
Their second club smash, “People Everyday” (Metamorphosis mix) addressed the tension between ignorance & consciousness while bringing a reggae energy. Their biggest hit “Mr. Wendal“ brought much needed attention to the plight of the homeless and the group gave half of that singles royalties to the National Coalition of the Homeless. The group was extremely proud to become recipients of both a Soul Train music award & NAACP image award (1993).
In 2017, they’re back with an analyzation and celebration of black reality in America with their release of “In 1 Day” (Whole World Changed). This 4 minute and 22 second gem is stylistically laid back but hella funky. In the song, Speech blasts Republicans for being ignorant to the issues most Americans are struggling with. He says in his verse he’s “looking for [woke] people to hang with”. About being a 48 year old rapper in a millennial world, he says in the song that “he’s a brand new car with a vintage shell”. The group is headlining tours around the world from Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, Australia and of course the United States. And something close to their hearts, is doing community outreach before their shows. (Outreach Example)
This independent release is from Vagabond Records and Tapes label.
* Interviews, promotional copies & radio drops contact: Mike Mullis at: [email protected]
* Touring inquires or community outreach contact: Joe Lamont at: [email protected]
In addition to halftime performance, Grammy Award-winning group to participate in community outreach in Milwaukee prior to the game
Bucks fans will be rewarded for their continued support throughout the 2016-17 season when the team hosts Fan Appreciation Night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for Milwaukee’s regular season home finale against Charlotte on Monday at 7 p.m.
In order to say thanks for their passion and to show their importance to the organization, the Bucks will be celebrating their fans all night with a full slate of prizes and giveaways. Summerfest tickets, autographed game-worn jerseys and over 1,700 giveaway items like shirts, mini-balls and gift cards will be given away during Fan Appreciation Night, making Monday’s game a must-attend event.
Two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group, Arrested Development, (with hometown legend – Speech) will also be putting on a performance at halftime of Monday’s game. Prior to the game, members of Arrested Development will be involved in a unique community outreach event when they visit the Express Yourself Milwaukee studio (3331 W. Lisbon Road) to host a music workshop and provide mentorship for 15-20 pre-registered youth. The workshop will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The group also has new music that we’re all excited about! (Listen Here)
Here are some of the highlights of what fans can expect during Monday’s game:
· The first 5,000 people through the doors will receive a free general admission Summerfest ticket
· The first 2,000 fans in attendance will get a complimentary box of popcorn or a free hot dog
· Giveaway items will be distributed to every single section in the arena
· There will be scoreboard features highlighting the best plays, best dunks and more from the season, as well as thank you messages from the players
· Adidas merchandise (excluding jerseys and player T-shirts) will be 50% off throughout the night
· The following concession specials will also be available:
1. Free upgrade to a large mini melt ice cream with purchase of a regular in the first quarter
2. Free upgrade to a souvenir soda with purchase of a regular in the second quarter
3. Buy one, get one free soft pretzels offered during the third quarter
4. $3 Coors Light available on the 400 level at Coors Port and Miller Time Pub, while supplies last
A limited number of seats still remain for Monday night’s game and can be purchased along with a Malcolm Brogdon for Rookie of the Year T-shirt for $35 at www.bucks.com/fanappreciation for more information on Fan Appreciation Night.. Log on to
Across my Facebook timeline came a post from BoombapNation asking folks to chime in on as many banging HipHop debut’s as they can think of. First impressions are everything and few have greater impact than a hip-hop debut album. It’s our first opportunity as fans to judge an artist’s singular body of work. As an artist myself, (founder of Arrested Development) I know there’s an unspoken pressure here. Historically, so many rap debuts are so good that anyone looking to make their career within the hip hop genre has a lot to live up to.
Whether it’s Dr. Dre changing the sound of hip-hop production with The Chronic or Public Enemy ushering in a new era of urgent lyricism on Bum Rush The Show, time has shown that many do, in fact, live up to these pressures. A rapper’s initial offering can often have a massive influence on subsequent releases, and culture in general. Sometimes that first album is the most significant of an artist’s career, that was my case with our 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the life of… which won us 2 Grammy‘s, 2 MTV awards, among many other props!
If it seems like the scales of appreciation are tipped in favor of debuts, it’s because they are. There’s a reason why Jay-Z calls Reasonable Doubt his “baby.” There’s a reason why Raekwon still can’t escape the shadow of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Rappers essentially have their entire lives to make their first album, and it shows—in some releases more than others. Some people say, Fetty Wap‘s self-entitled debut is it, with many radio perennials while never overstaying its welcome, or Kid Cudi‘s undramatically somber “Man on the Moon”. We shout out everyone who’s put their dog in the race, regardless of how they stacked up. But now we ask you, what’s some of your favorite debut albums from hip-hop artists?
Two legendary hip-hop producers Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze decided to go head to head in a beat battle. And because of this battle we all won in a big way. Streamed live via Hot 97 but click (Right Here) if you missed it because the footage is bananas!
Both mega producers went in but some say that Swizz won the night, although others say Just Blaze dropped so many gems, he had us walking down hip-hop memory lane.
To top it off, Swizz Beats ended the night by debuting an unreleased DMX, Nas, Jay Z and Jadakiss collabo!
Earlier in the week they both announced via Instagram that they’d be having a battle on Friday night. Promising they’d go back and forth, track-for-track.
Max Blau –Atlanta Magazine
In 1992, Atlanta hip-hop outfit Arrested Development released its breakout single “Tennessee,” a song that prominently loops Prince whispering the state’s name on his Lovesexy track, “Alphabet St.” It’s a sample that Speech, the group’s frontman, credits for the song’s international success. In hindsight, though, the rapper also believes the Minneapolis legend, who never approved the sample’s original use, cared enough about other artists to not kill Speech’s burgeoning career before it truly began. (Prince’s lawyers asked for a modest $100,000— but no songwriting credit—instead of filing a lawsuit.)
So when Speech heard about Prince’s death, he was in utter disbelief, repeatedly refreshing his Twitter feed while driving home in hopes there had been some mistake. A few hours later, Speech spoke with us about his idol’s influence on him, his memorable encounters with the rock star, and how the Purple One’s music shaped Arrested Development’s catalog.
How did you first hear about Prince’s death?
My wife was telling me about it. Then I was checking Twitter to see if I could find any information. All of the sudden, my phone refreshed and it was the number one trending topic. I was driving and I just grabbed my chest, literally, feeling like I had lost an immediate family member. It’s hard to put into words how much it affected me. My wife, many times, offered for me to pull over. I just wanted to get home. I was flipping through the channels on the radio to see if this was true. I was in denial, hoping and praying it wasn’t real. Most people weren’t talking about it.
You have to understand for me, personally, Prince is literally my favorite artist of all time. Hands down. I’m just thoroughly moved by the millions of statements he’s made, not just lyrically, but visually, in the subject matter he’s tackled, the world he created and continued to recreate. It moved me time and time again. It’s been intense. I haven’t listened to any of his music other than what happened to catch on the radio or TV. I’ve been glued to the news. I’m still in disbelief.
Were you able to see him last week in Atlanta for what would be his final show?
No, I wasn’t. But I’ve seen him numerous times live and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him and performing at Paisley Park.
When did you first meet him?
Prince was a person I was supposed to meet a number of times. He summoned me to meet him at Paisley Park back in 1993. I simply couldn’t make it. At the very moment he summoned me, I was mastering an album that I couldn’t get out of.
The next time, my bass player for Arrested Development, [Joseph McCreary, Jr., who goes by Foley,] had played for Miles Davis, and knew Prince personally. We were in Minneapolis on tour. He called Prince to see if we could come by. He said yes. On that particular day, Prince did not come out of hiding. I say hiding because, from what I heard from his band members, he was watching us from behind a one-way mirror! But he never came out. So that was interesting and… different.
When I finally met him, I was with one of my friends Victor Wooten, one of the best bass players on the planet. I was touring in his band, probably, around 2004 or 2005. He was invited to play at Paisley Park. I was part of that entourage and that reality. We performed there and got a chance to meet him right after that performance.
What was it like to finally meeting a decade or so later?
It’s surreal. He’s influenced me in ways that I can’t put into words as a writer, as a human being—my worldview. He has a lot to do with who I am as an individual. So, to meet that person, you’re not going to be able to put into words what that person means to you. Meeting him was fantastic. I told him how much I appreciate who he is and that he’s my favorite artist of all time. He said that never gets old to him. He appreciates that. Then he said: How is your career going?
That’s interesting given that you sampled Prince’s “Alphabet St.” without his permission on “Tennessee.”
I didn’t know how sampling laws worked at that time when we were releasing [3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…]. I don’t even think the industry knew how it all worked because it was such a new phenomenon. I sampled from “Alphabet St.” his word “Tennessee,” which obviously was the title of the first single. Anyway, we didn’t get the sample cleared. I didn’t know to clear it. We released the record.
I didn’t hear anything from anybody. He waited until the record peaked on the pop charts. As soon as it [dropped down], we got a call from his representatives. They wanted $100,000 for the sample. To be honest, now that I’ve been in the industry long enough, I realized that he really gave me a break. There were a few other things that he could’ve done. He could’ve demanded that the record be taken off the shelf, requested the sample be taken out of the record, demanded publishing and writing credits on the record. He didn’t do that. Instead, he wanted a flat fee. No writing credits—just $100,000.
In those days, when you had a [hit] throughout the nation, we made way more than that, so we paid it. But he waited for the very moment it went down the charts, and only once it went down, did we get the call. I think that was a testimony to his savvy and how he thought. Nonetheless, when we did meet up, he was a fan, and had respected what we had done.
Many artists attribute Prince as a musical influence. But in this case, your career was launched with the help of his work through the sample, as well as his willingness to not clamp down on Arrested Development’s rising career. Things could’ve happened so differently.
Without a question, I believe that. Could I have said the word Tennessee? I could have. Or I could’ve had someone else say it. But I’m a big believer that with every sample I used, you’re capturing more than the word or the melody or the beat, you’re capturing the spirit that’s on the tape. It’s like taking a photograph of someone where you capture a moment of happiness or sadness. There are things within that sample that are hard to describe. It inspired me. It influenced me. That song will forever mean so much to me. In light of his passing, it takes on a new level.
Going back to before “Tennessee,” do you recall when you first heard him? What about his work captivated you?
It was one of his first singles, “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” I thought it was a woman. At that time, his picture wasn’t everywhere, so I didn’t think it was a man. Then I investigated more about his music. I was 100 percent perplexed by Prince and a little conflicted about the words: I wanna be your mother AND your sister too. I didn’t understand who he was: Is he gay? Is he straight? As he continued to develop, and as I continued to see the visuals, he just always pushed the boundaries of what was normal, of what was acceptable. He constantly pushed my boundaries and challenged my thoughts. The music was so compelling that it kept me off-balance. It was like a rollercoaster ride.
When you listen back through Arrested Development’s catalog, where do you hear Prince the most?
I’ll put it this way: Ninety-nine percent of the songs we’ve ever created have been influenced by Prince and his sensibility. His mixture of funk and blues and jazz and pop, his melodic sensibility, it all plays a huge role, in particular on “Mr. Wendal” and even our new single, “I Don’t See You At The Club.” I’m a hip-hop artist. But the musicality of Prince and the poetry of his music is what made me write this new single. It’s the subconscious template that I write from every time. This song is no exception.
With songs like “Children Play With Earth,” I would pitch my voice; I’d pitch the audiotape down, so that when we put it back to regular speed, it had a lifted voice, sort of a chipmunk voice. That was a trick of Prince from many of his records where he’d take on the alter ego. What I think is beautiful, what I think is funky, and what I think is nasty, and sick, and awesome comes from a Prince worldview in a lot of ways.
Any fan of Arrested Development who’s read our interviews knows that Prince is my favorite artist. Fans of Prince come to our shows and bring to me gifts of Prince concerts, rare footage they capture at a club, or at Paisley Park. There’s a community in the sense of people who have been moved by Prince. He’s the greatest artist of our time.
Which record will you listen to first in his memory?
There’s so many songs I’ll end up playing. “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” has always been one of my favorites off Sign ‘O’ The Times. “The Cross” is another wonderful song. In light of his death, I think of certain songs like “Under the Cherry Moon,” where he talks about how young heroes die, or “Sometimes It Snows in April,” where he’s talking about the fragile nature of life and the passion he’d want to live with while he’s alive. Those resonate, for some reason, for me on this day.
Prince put out so much in such a short amount of time. I feel like the energy force that was in this man is just inspiring as an artist. He’s a great example of knowing how much you can do, how much quality you can produce, within a [finite] time period, knowing that life is temporary.
– See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/arrested-development-wouldnt-exist-without-prince/#sthash.tOybOndB.dpuf
Free Download of this album (courtesy of MCJ) at: www.NewArrestedDevelopment.com
Celebrating 20 years of a mission. AD has toured much of the world, they’ve met people from all races and cultures; the group has plenty of options as far as musical direction. They chose a lo-fi approach with much of the record. Listening to standing at the Crossroads you get lost in the groups expansive lyrical content, one fan with the tag “PumaSweat” posted on Youtube, “I don’t know if I am trying to wrap my mind around them lyrics or if the lyrics are wrapping themselves around my mind.
FYYYAAAAH!” I couldn’t agree more. With AD’s signature melodic/musical textures mixed with political savvy, each song leaps from serious to casual without warning.
Standing at the crossroads (SATCR) was primarily created during AD’s Australian, New Zealand, Bali and Malaysian tours. This project recorded entirely on a mac laptop, used sampling and mp3 chopping to build a cornerstone that would be embellished with Za & JJ’s live instrumentation. Add to that a cameo appearance from original member Rasa Don on the soulful “Nobody Can Replace your Love” & the eclectic “Everywhere I Go” also featuring Abigail Washburn a celebrated, claw-hammer banjo artist. It’s said that the songs were created with inspiration from early AD videos playing silently in the background. You can tell the award winning video for Living has inspiration from past visuals of the group.
SATCR bloomed despite, or maybe because of some of the hardest times in the groups 20 year career. Baba Oje, now 80 years old, suffered a major stroke in 2009 and has yet to regain his strength. Fans the world over consistently wish him well at ArrestedDevelopmentMusic dot com. Along with that change, members Tasha Larae & Montsho Eshe went back to school, leaving a revolving door of member auditions & sporadic changes to the groups live show line-up. AD feeling the financial crunch that’s affecting the entire world, wrote anthems like, “My Reflection“, that scrutinizes the megalomaniac position of rappers that don’t even hob-knob with the 1% but think they are among them. The song proudly celebrates the blue-collar worker and their values, while celebrating the groups tenacity. Possibly the most bitter pill to swallow is that this album may mark the last AD recording with the electrifying dancer/vocalist Montsho Eshe. It does however bring a welcomed return of Fareedah Aleem who appeared live with AD during the “Among The Trees” tours. One will be missed, while the others return is kindly welcomed. Otherwise, the line up remains the same with Za’ (bass), JJ Boogie (guitar), Tasha Larae (vocals) and rhymer, 1 Love all playing bigger roles. Therefore, the songs flourish with a consistent feel, that arguably top their previous albums, including their monumental debut.
SATCR is a musical feast with multi-layered production that harkens back to the bomb squad & vocally, not unlike John the baptist, Speech calls out from the desert with lyrics of self-determination and selflessness, leaning more towards spiritualism and love than hedonism and greed. I’ve been a fan since 1992, when I first heard the celebratory prayer of “Tennessee” while I was living in Ghana, Africa. I am even more a fan today, as they have proven to be what they claimed in their debut, a band that “wouldn’t sell out – just to be sold out” (Give a man a fish). This record is amazing, undaunted and swank; leaving the black, white, latin and asian man standing at the crossroads, with the choice of advancement or decline & no room for indifference.
By: Bright Boateng (Gold Star Herald Newspaper)
AD will also be featured on TV One’s UNSUNG August 13th
Monday, August 6th – Arrested Development graces music – histories pages…
Wanna know what ever happened to Arrested Development?
Unsung, is an hour-long music documentary program that airs on TV One. The series uncovers the stories behind once well-known R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul artists who exploded onto the Billboard music charts with hits, only to have their career derailed by a major crisis. Episodes are packed with testimonies from music industry insiders, friends & family, as well as other artists. Other artist among many that the show has featured are: Big Daddy Kane, Kool Mo Dee, Sly & the Family Stone, Heatwave & Minnie Riperton. Arrested Development’s episode airs Aug. 13th and on the same day the group drops their new FREE album, “Standing At The Crossroads“. www.ArrestedDevelopmentMusic.com for the album!
Why did the group stop recording? Will the group be able to make a come back? Find out on Unsung Aug. 13th
Pictured in Buffalo, NY (2012, July 5th), next day AD traveled to Europe
Hip Hop has been through plenty of changes, (lyrically, musically and monetarily) but one thing that’s remained wonderfully consistent is the dynamic Arrested Development! Winners of two Grammy awards in 1993, and an NAACP award along with many other accolades, they celebrate 20 years of industry success and are on tour now! We caught up with Milwaukee Native & lead singer, Speech for a brief interview while he was in Milwaukee for Summerfest.
MCJ: What brings you to Milwaukee?
SPEECH: I come here every year to run Robbys Roasted Corn at Summerfest. My father started this company when I was in elementary school, now my wife & I run it.
MCJ: Being a superstar, is it hard to come back and sell corn?
SPEECH: Not at all, first of all, I look at myself as an everyday person, thats been extremely blessed to live his dream of music and be successful at it. So, hard work is not a downgrade for me, it’s a part of any persons life. I also get inspired being around music and food lovers. I write a lot of melodies while I’m here.
MCJ: What is up with Arrested Development now a days?
SPEECH: We released a new single, called “LIVING“ from our upcoming album, “Standing at The Crossroads”. It’s a project celebrating 20 years in the business. We’re also touring to give the fans a taste of our progression.
MCJ: Where is your next tour dates?
SPEECH: fans can go to our website for updates. But we just did two shows in Buffalo, NY and another in Poland over the weekend. The turnout was overwhelming and the energy was amazing!
MCJ: Why Poland? Are you guys bigger overseas?
SPEECH: Not really, we have fans all over the world, but certain festivals are better to play than others and when we’re invited to play those, we tend to get on a plane and go! The flights are over 26 hours of traveling. It’s tough, but worth it.
MCJ: A lot of hip hop fans in America wouldn’t believe how big the music is overseas, is it as big as it is here?
SPEECH: It’s bigger! There’s so many foreign acts, that are massive and talented that we have no clue exist. We have been force fed our music and kept n the dark about the worlds flavors. It’s a big world out there!
MCJ: Well, Thank you for talking with us, I know you’re busy.
SPEECH: Thank you, MCJ, for continued coverage of our music and the black community in Milwaukee!
Arrested Development’s music and News can be followed at: www.ArrestedDevelopmentMusic.com