# Audio CD (March 24, 1992) # Original Release Date: March 24, 1992 # Label: Capitol With their feel-good humanism, uniquely rural perspective, and melodic blend of funk and rap, Arrested Development seemed like the next big thing in 1992. The group hailed from Atlanta, which was not then a capital of hip-hop and R&B, and this, their debut recording, won the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll. Speech, the primary lyricist, wrote and delivered eloquent attacks on gangsta rap's mindless nihilism: the band's first hit, "Tennessee," spoke of reclaiming Southern black traditions from the racism that sullied their memory, while their second, "People Everyday," deftly updated the Sly Stone classic. Although Speech's rapping style was not distinctive, Dionne Farris's keening vocals highlighted the band's front line. Unfortunately, Speech began to run short of ideas and the band failed to maintain the high standards that this debut set. They disbanded a few years later I don't think I gave this album a fair chance, since I was heavily into gangsta rap at the time it dropped. My brother bought it for "Tennessee" actually, and "Mr. Wendal" just never soaked into me like it did others. Kyza, here's your platform to express what it means to you. Download Mr. Wendal Your thoughts?