“Arres­ted Devel­op­ment are cel­eb­rat­ing 31 years since their sem­in­al debut album ‘3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of…’. The ground­break­ing album won the band two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and for Best Rap Per­form­ance by a Duo or Group. Amongst a host of oth­er awards, the band was also named Band Of The Year by Rolling Stone and the album sold an impress­ive 6 mil­lion cop­ies world­wide.”

This is the first time I had the exper­i­ence of see­ing Arres­ted Devel­op­ment this wasn’t just a con­cert it was a live exper­i­ence.

Band mem­ber Fareedah Aleem erup­ted onto the stage with a fierce and mes­mer­ising Afric­an-style dance, that couldn’t have been more ener­get­ic if she tried….this lady is phe­nom­en­al, she oozes fem­in­ine con­fid­ence and Queen energy. The oth­er band mem­bers took to their places and lead vocal­ist Speech’s entrance was met with a pas­sion­ate cheer from the now excit­able crowd.

From the jump Arres­ted Devel­op­ment gave the Jazz Cafè an intim­ate ener­get­ic show and had the crowd the palm of their hands as they cruised through their excep­tion­al cata­logue which included tracks ‘Revolu­tion’, ‘Ten­ness­ee’, ‘Mr Wend­al’ and closed with crowd favour­ite hit ‘People Every­day’.

Speech also paid an unex­pec­ted but mov­ing trib­ute to the legendary TY. A UK Hip Hop Legend who sadly passed away in 2020 and col­lab­or­ated with Speech on his “Closer” LP in 2006, fur­ther cement­ing how beloved our fallen hero TY was on the glob­al stage.

There was non-stop crowd par­ti­cip­a­tion, singing at the top of their lungs to their favour­ites and lov­ing this up-close and per­son­al hip-hop exper­i­ence with the band inches from the stage.

Arres­ted Devel­op­ment with the full live band delivered pos­it­ive vibra­tions, fun and edu­tain­ment leav­ing the crowd well fed after a sol­id encore.

In clos­ing this was an excep­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al live Hip Hop exper­i­ence that could stand up to any­ones live show glob­ally in Hip hop Cul­ture. Speech is a mag­ni­fi­cent band lead­er who com­mands the stage with a power­ful pres­ence mak­ing this show an uplift­ing and spir­itu­al event wrapped into one big party and a cel­eb­ra­tion of life.


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Hip Hop Artist / Act­iv­ist / Journ­al­ist / Fun lov­ing indi­vidu­al @SKANDOUZ (On Errr’thang )


Hip Hop Artist / Activist / Journalist / Fun loving individual @SKANDOUZ (On Errr’thang )