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Arrested Development Rapper Speech: "I'm Disillusioned With Obama and I Would Vote Ron Paul for President"

There was a time, circa 1991, when hip-hop wasn't all about bling and bitches.

Back in the day, the beat dropped and so did some Gil-Scott Heron-inspired wordplay, a call for justice in the inner city, and a shout-out to Malcolm X.

Founded by rapper Speech (born Todd Thomas), Atlanta collective Arrested Development belonged to that generation of the Golden Era. "Hip-hop had so many groups -- Public Enemy, X-Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian, Arrested Development -- with a political aspect to them," he recalls. "They were on mainstream charts and not just underground."

Twenty years later and Arrested Development is still fighting for social change, political action, and black culture, even bringing the revolution to the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival tonight.

We spoke with Speech about millennial rap's lack of substance, his disillusionment with President Barack Obama, and why he'd vote for Ron Paul in the 2012 election.


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"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."

* * * * * * * NEW R3VOLUTION HIP HOP TRACKS!! * * * * * * *


is my fave 90s rapper. He was uniting the people in the ghettos and telling them to work and not be dependent on the federal gov't. His last album was called "Killuminati". And one of his lyrics was "some say expect illuminati to take my body to sleep ... before i flee computer chips i gotta deal with brothers flippin, i don't see no devils bleeding only black blood dripping"

so yeah, he knew what was going on.

Ok, someone has to say it...

When will all these incredible Ron Paul musicians team up & go on tour together? They wouldn't even have to make it political, since we would, and it could do wonders to get fans of different styles of music together as a way of illustrating how this rEVOLution has likewise come together with such diverse people & for such a variety of reasons. I think it would be incredibly-cool, easier to achieve than the blimp was last time (since they'd probably make some money) and most importantly, FUN! And in theory, it could be a very gentle way to draw some of their fans into our movement, maybe a lot of them. But to happen, someone better at this stuff than me needs to lead it, even though I'll help if I can.


I'm down

I would tour with Ron Paul musicians if the opportunity arose.

Check out my Ron Paul/liberty-minded hip hop at http://www.youtube.com/mortisnoctu

"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."

* * * * * * * NEW R3VOLUTION HIP HOP TRACKS!! * * * * * * *

This would be amazing, I

This would be amazing, I sometimes wonder if celebrities are contributing to the campaign with donations at all, too. I'm not trying to be judgemental, I just wonder if celebrities, like Snoop Dog, also help out the campaign with donations in addition to posting pics of Ron Paul on their Facebook page. It would be wonderful to get them on board 100% instead of just a little here or there, leaving people wondering whether they are totally Ron Paul supporters beyond just mentioning him. It would be awesome if they shouted out their support for Ron Paul way more openly. I find myself wishing that I had an awesome singing voice so I could help the message spread to the public more quickly, celebrities wield so much power it'd be wonderful if more stepped up to the plate (unless I'm just not hearing about it) :P

Can't you just check

fec.gov/snoopdogg or something like that? hehe

I'll be the media liaison

But don't ask me to be more than that, I'm proven to SUCK at putting on tours!:)

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3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of.

I used to play that every day for about 6 months straight when I was in jr. high school. They were always cooler than hip-hop. They were the hippies of hip-hop.

Man that's cool

Public Enemy, De la Soul, etc. were in constant rotation at my business back in the day, but I never heard these guys. The videos were great, and the article was too. Nice!


he likes Ron Paul because he is a "racist". The black people have soul, and they care...



On topic: It's been years since I've seen/heard someone mention Arrested Development. Damn nostalgia is starting to kick in...

A signature used to be here!

don't forget

the Wu-Tang
Dan the Automator
Del the Funky Homosapien

Del has more lyrics for the Liberty Movement than there are stars in the sky.

Circle Jerks do too, but different genre.

Nice Del shoutout!

Man I used to love listening to that guy. Brilliant lyrics and DTA did a great job with the beats. Wished he hadnt stopped, but I suppose "nerdcore" rap can only go so long.

hey thanks

oh i don't know......i think his style is eternal and if i'm not mistaken, eternal goes quite a ways.

I've always loved these guys

Mr Wendal is the best!

"It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

--Samuel Adams

Doesn't DMX also support Ron Paul?

The official campaign song should be "Paul Gon' Give It To Ya".

I don't play, I commission the league.

Thanks Bobby

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Wow, what a talent

those videos were great and the interview spot on.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

He's a smart guy

I used to live in Atlanta and go to the same church as him. He's a man of great integrity for sure. Makes sense that he supports Paul :)

Go A.D.!

Go A.D.!




Send them an invite to the march on the 20th!

and thanks for posting this, I posted it here too -


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Here is another Rapper Prodigy .....

for Ron Paul...


"Observe the masses,and do the opposite."

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

We could use a few more men like Mr. Gilbert Scott-Heron.

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

Oooooh YEAH!

I like him a lot and it is strong of him to come out like that.
I listened to their music all the time in the 90´s, great tunes.

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for the rest of his life.
Teach a man to phish and he'll clean out your bank account.