Thursday, December 2, 2010

MusicLife Interview w/ Eshe of Arrested Development

As I reflect on what I've accomplished this year, one of the many highlights for me was landing my first official interview with Eshe from Arrested Development.  Check it out. . .

Eshe is the woman standing on the right

By J9 of J9's MusicLife

You may know the hip-hop group Arrested Development from their '90s hits "Tennessee," "People Everyday" and "Mr. Wendal."  Their debut album 3 Years 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of sold over four million copies.  In 1992, they were asked by Spike Lee to write a song for the movie Malcolm X, it was called "Revolution."  Arrested Development went on to win two Grammys for Best Rap Album and Best New Artist and was named Rolling Stone's Band of the Year.

Along with their musical accomplishments, Arrested Development has made it a point to give back to the community.  They were the first African-American group to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the ANC to help South Africans in their freedom; they donated $20,000 to UNICEF for relief of women in the Congo, they have done charity for Homeless organizations throughout the world and donated half of the "Mr. Wendal" proceeds to the National coalition of the homeless, and have reached out to inner city youth, women's prisions, and activists spreading the word to fight against their oppression.

"Rap is CNN for Blacks."  Take Arrested Development, Public Enemy, A Tribe called Quest, and others out of the hip-hop equation and you are left with an imbalance in subject matter." - Chuck D of Public Enemy

Well Arrested Development is back in the equation!  After being out of the spotlight for a while, they are back with their ninth album "Stronger."  I had the pleasure of talking with Eshe, one of the members to find out where they've been, talk about their new album and her passion for music.  Listen below for the interview and find out what is Eshe's musiclife!

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