Standing At The Crossroads




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Celebrating 20 years of a mission. AD has toured much of the world, they’ve met people from all races and cultures; the group has plenty of options as far as musical direction. They chose a lo-fi approach with much of the record. Listening to standing at the Crossroads you get lost in the groups expansive lyrical content, one fan with the tag “PumaSweat” posted on Youtube, “I don’t know if I am trying to wrap my mind around them lyrics or if the lyrics are wrapping themselves around my mind.
FYYYAAAAH!” I couldn’t agree more. With AD’s signature melodic/musical textures mixed with political savvy, each song leaps from serious to casual without warning.

Standing at the crossroads (SATCR) was primarily created during AD’s Australian, New Zealand, Bali and Malaysian tours. This project recorded entirely on a mac laptop, used sampling and mp3 chopping to build a cornerstone that would be embellished with Za & JJ’s live instrumentation. Add to that a cameo appearance from original member Rasa Don on the soulful “Nobody Can Replace your Love” & the eclectic “Everywhere I Go” also featuring Abigail Washburn a celebrated, claw-hammer banjo artist.  It’s said that the songs were created with inspiration from early AD videos playing silently in the background. You can tell the award winning video for Living has inspiration from past visuals of the group.

SATCR bloomed despite, or maybe because of some of the hardest times in the groups 20 year careerBaba Oje, now 80 years old, suffered a major stroke in 2009 and has yet to regain his strength. Fans the world over consistently wish him well at ArrestedDevelopmentMusic dot com. Along with that change, members Tasha Larae & Montsho Eshe went back to school, leaving a revolving door of member auditions & sporadic changes to the groups live show line-up. AD feeling the financial crunch that’s affecting the entire world, wrote anthems like, “My Reflection“, that scrutinizes the megalomaniac position of rappers that don’t even hob-knob with the 1% but think they are among them. The song proudly celebrates the blue-collar worker and their values, while celebrating the groups tenacity. Possibly the most bitter pill to swallow is that this album may mark the last AD recording with the electrifying dancer/vocalist Montsho Eshe. It does however bring a welcomed return of Fareedah Aleem who appeared live with AD during the “Among The Trees” tours. One will be missed, while the others return is kindly welcomed. Otherwise, the line up remains the same with Za’ (bass), JJ Boogie (guitar), Tasha Larae (vocals) and rhymer, 1 Love all playing bigger roles. Therefore, the songs flourish with a consistent feel, that arguably top their previous albums, including their monumental debut.

SATCR is a musical feast with multi-layered production that harkens back to the bomb squad & vocally, not unlike John the baptist, Speech calls out from the desert with lyrics of self-determination and selflessness, leaning more towards spiritualism and love than hedonism and greed. I’ve been a fan since 1992, when I first heard the celebratory prayer of “Tennessee” while I was living in Ghana, Africa. I am even more a fan today, as they have proven to be what they claimed in their debut, a band that “wouldn’t sell out – just to be sold out” (Give a man a fish). This record is amazing, undaunted and swank; leaving the black, white, latin and asian man standing at the crossroads, with the choice of advancement or decline & no room for indifference.

By: Bright Boateng (Gold Star Herald Newspaper)

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  • Cayce

    Will y’all be coming to Columbia, SC any time soon? I’d love to see y’all.

  • speech

    Yes, we are scheduled to get there soon! Please sign our mailing list, so you can stay in touch! Thank you for your love!

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  • michael

    THe album is a wonderful present ! thank you very much. Been listening to Speech and arrested development since 92′ and i am 27 yrs old, so that is practically most of my life.”The Grown folks table” is Speeches best solo release since his solo debut. And This New AD album is the best AD album after Zinglmunduni!!! Can’t wait for Another Speech album and more work from the Blessed AD cast…. but if anyone can tell me how to get Speech’s book ? ?

  • Halloween Tutus

    Hola! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic job!

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    Blessings to you!

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  • Mike Moon

    I have a Gospel label here in Denver,Colorado and I know speech has become a pastor, but I was trying to see how I can get him on a track? All my info is at the website or you can email me also, thank you and God Bless

  • Pardis

    I miss you. I WANT MORE!

  • Shenu

    HEY AD!!

    LOVE the latest project…just posted the link at my school’s (The Dub Academy) FB page, it’s a training center for DJs and producers. CAN’T WAIT to spin this and watch the other jocks lose their minds over it. The beats and lyrics are FYAH! SO GLAD ya’ll didn’t sell out, Brother Speech.


    Peace & Blessings from Austin, Texas U.S.A.

  • Ozgur Gul

    You are the best R&B. I’m listening to since 1994

  • Mood N.’a

    I just got through listening to the new album… AD still relevant today!