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Forgot About Friday/Arrested Development

To all of the ’90s kids out there….close your eyes for a forgotten about music moment in time. 

Now, imagine a world without the vibes and beats of Arrested Development‘s Grammy winning album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… laced throughout it and spreading the life that it did when it took over our Sony Walkmans nearly a quarter-of-a-century (!!) ago. 

We just can’t do it. 

Oh, and a game of horseshoes down by the peach tree, anyone? Always.

The music brainchild of rap vocalist Todd Thomas (“Speech”) and beat master Timothy Barnwell (“Headliner”), Arrested Development first formed in Atlanta in 1988 along with members Dionne Farris (“I Know,” right?), Montsho Eshe, Baba Oje, One Love, Tasha Larae, Rasadon, JJ Boogie and Aerle Taree. 

Bulldozing onto the Billboard charts with their pulsating and powerful lead single, “Tennessee,” the still truly one-of-a-kind group instantly became regarded for their soulful rhymes and Southern fried beats, which were abundantly crisp and clear in any one of their follow-up singles including “Mr. Wendal” and their groovy rewire of the Sly & the Family Stone classic, “Everyday People,” which they musically crafted into “People Everyday.” Genius. 

It also never hurts to mention that Arrested Development also gained recognition from Grammy voters in 1993 when they would take home two trophies-one Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Tennessee” and the coveted Best New Artist honor. Yeah, it was like that…and it still most certainly is when it comes to that classic AD funkdafied flair and sound. 

Also during their early ’90s reign, Arrested Development also caught the attention of famed (and currently Oscar nominated) director Spike Lee to add a song to his then upcoming, little known film, Malcolm X. The group took Mr. Lee’s offer and of course, vibe-d with it, recording the thunderous single, “Revolution,” which appearers on the oldies (but goodies!) dominated accompanying soundtrack. 

However, much like what happens with most Best New Artist winners(by the way, hey there, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn), Arrested Development’s music struggle certainly became a little too post-Grammy real with their 1994 sophomore set, Zingalamaduni. Besides the moderate chart success of lead single, “Ease My Mind,” the album wasn’t as well received on the charts as its predecessor, which would eventually lead the group to part ways a few years later in 1996 due to “creative differences.”

However, putting their differences aside in the late ’00s, the group reformed and continued to tour overseas, eventually releasing released their 10th (!) and final album Standing At The Crossroads in 2012. Recorded while touring internationally, the album also coincided with the 20th anniversary of their debut for which the group embarked on an official worldwide tour to celebrate. They also kept the good vibes and beats flowing just last year with the release of “Craft and Optics,” which indeed proves that Arrested Development hasn’t lost a bit even two decades later. 

Not that they ever would, because when it came to this group, they’ll always be in a groovy, life-filled music class of their very own, and it’s something no ’90s kid or beyond should ever forget. 

For many, many more delightful memories along this here music way, play a game of horseshoes with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Arrested Development cover photo courtesy of SPIN

 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Tina Turner/Beyoncé/”Proud Mary”

What’s to spill about Ms. Bey and Ms. Tina‘s leg shattering and most legendary serving of “Proud Mary” from the 2008 Grammy Awards besides ev….er…..y…..thing. 

But since it’s officially Grammys weekend (TGIF, indeed), it’s all about less talkin’ and more struttin’ to the stage to see if you still can replicate those diva rockin’ moves that these fierce, independent music women certainly dished out that night. 

Actually, wait, you don’t and you will hurt yourself, so leave it up to these two legends to help us reminisce on a truly incredible live music moment that still has most of us on the floor. 

So, just watch and enjoy, and again…don’t try it……Ms. Knowles and Ms. Turner certainly have this one covered like a pair of fancy panty hose on those legendary legs. 

Happy Friday! 

For much more entertainment and pop culture diva madness, hit that stage with Philly Mixtape right here and here

Cover photo courtesy of tinathemusical.com 

 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Jennifer Hudson/”I Will Always Love You”

Okay, so, it’s never the Philly Mixtape intention to rip apart anybody’s world at any time during the groove-filled day, but a week-long Grammys tea without spilling about this performance would be simply unfathomable and a dishonor to our dearly departed, Ms. Whitney Houston.

In other words, grab that Kleenex...now. 

It may be still very hard to believe (it is..)but this upcoming February 11th will mark seven years since the tragic passing of our beloved Whitney that fateful night at the Beverly Hills Hotel during Grammys weekend. It also marks that long ago (seriously, how??) that a visibly shaken Jennifer Hudson served, delivered and conquered a haunting tribute to her–and our–idol with a life shattering rendition of “I Will Always Love You” that none of us–not even Whitney her heavenly self–will ever forget anytime soon. 

If you have your Nippy pearls handy, put them on before you watch because thy will be clutched when it comes to this incredible Grammy moment.

We will always love you, Ms. Whitney Houston.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards air this Sunday night, February 10th at 8 pm ET on CBS.