Arrested Development share a good Vibe with some famous friends in their latest single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Featuring Big Daddy Kane, Cleveland P. Jones and Tasha LaRae, the single previews the forthcoming album For The FKN Love, which was primarily produced by British boombap specialist Configa and welcomes stellar guests like The Sugar Hill Gang, Masta Ace, Freddie Foxxx, Monie Love, Kxng Crooked, G Love, Tony Momrelle (Incognito), and Dee-1 plus Fatman Scoop. “Legends of this calibre rarely do features, and yet have graced this album,” the band point out.
But first comes Vibe, which channels carries the boombox aura with its fat kicks and snare drum snaps, all while instilling plenty of modern influences into this timeless production. The sonic landscape created by Configa fits perfectly with the classic yet eternal sound Arrested Development have created. In fact, the group credits Configa’s production skills for the group’s recent success, having stepped back into the limelight with 2020’s “future classic” Don’t Fight Your Demons.
Fronted by Speech, Arrested Development’s classic tone of Afrocentric positivity fits right into the counterculture of todays music, especially — as always — the group looks to provide more choices beyond the “gangsta rap” that dominates airwaves. An award-winning group credited with a culture-shaping 30 years of experience, Arrested Development were the first hip-hoppers to ever receive the Grammy for Best New Artist while also receiving one for Best Rap Single. The track was their anthemic prayer-like Tennessee, which has gone on to be named by the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. The timeless group were also recognized at the Black Music Honors Awards in 2019, and have continued to perform in sold-out venues in every part of the world.