Rapping Righteously

PERFORMER: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

ALBUM: 3 YEARS, 5 MONTHS AND 2 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF . . .

LABEL: EMI/CHRYSALIS

THE BOTTOM LINE: A new Southern rap group urges a revolution of consciousness stressing the positive side.

Rappers expressing their passion for justice and black empowerment are hardly uncommon. Rhyming over experimental jazz, funk, blues and reggae samples is no longer unorthodox. But the Atlanta-based group Arrested Development does both in a way that strikes a novel note. For one thing, consider its makeup. There are four men and two women (itself unusual, since rap groups nearly always divide strictly along...

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