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Rural Revolution: Arrested Development

Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1993

THE NAME suggests a grungy Midwest punk band, but Arrested Development is actually a black rap family based in Atlanta. Like the "Native Tongue" groups before them – De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Jungle Brothers – they’ve taken the rap world by storm by steering the genre down a new path. This time it’s away from the nihilistic "brag-rap" machismo of the East and West Coast "gangstas" and towards a more rural vision of black community.

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