Arrested Development UNSUNG Preview TV One Documentary

Long before the sitcom of the name, Arrested Development, the hip hop group from Atlanta, exploded on the scene with their mysterious debut Tennessee and went on to hit the chart a number of times before disbanding. Having seen them in their heydey, we can certainly say they gave one of the most awe inspiring and exciting performances we have seen to date.  Their combination of uplifting lyrics and Afrocentric garb were equally heralded and lampooned when they emerged.  This story is certainly one who’s time has come and we are excited to see it in its entirety when it airs.

From TVOne:
Rarely has a group risen so high and fallen so fast as Arrested Development. This captivating musical collective stormed to the top of the charts with an exhilarating brand of countrified rap that mixed the spirit of Sly and the Family Stone with the political charge of Public Enemy, providing a positive alternative to more confrontational gangsta stylings. Their debut album 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of, which chronicled the time it took the group to get a record deal, sold four million copies and sparked three top ten hits– “Tennessee,” ‘Mr. Wendal” and “People Everyday”. It also won two Grammys, including the coveted Best New Artist award in 1993, the first time hip-hop had ever taken that prize. And then it all abruptly fell apart, as internal feuding over control, direction and money belied the group’s idealistic vibe. By the time Arrested Development began work on their second album, they had split into two camps and were communicating with each other through agents and managers. After just 2 albums of original material, Arrested Development called it quits. Now mostly reunited, the members of this pioneering band reveal the full story of a group who flew high, fell far, and survived to tell the tale.

Note: Unfortunately, TVOne has removed this episode for now. We are constantly in search of full episodes and will replace the video once it becomes available.

In the meantime, we have discovered this alternate documentary called Among the Flowers about Arrested Development.

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