At a time when the US was entering the constellation of gangsta rap, ushering in the big standoff between east and west coast that characterized the ’90s, a group of friends from Atlanta proposed a completely different hip hop standard. Headed by Speech and Headliner, Arrested Development launched the album 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life of… in 1992, an optimistic hymn to African American culture, which sold more than 4 million copies and earned them two Grammy awards. They wrote the song “Revolution” for Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, contributing to one of the greatest black power moments of the big screen; they provided financial support to Nelson Mandela’s struggle in South Africa; and, in 1996, they took a break only to make a comeback in 2000, with some changes in their composition and Speech remaining “their mastermind.” Since then, they have performed across the globe, continuing to release albums (they are currently up to their 15th), which are loved by both fans and critics, and still constitute a different, more “spiritual” version of hip hop, now bringing together more than one generations.
Warm Up DJ set: DJ Marble | 20.00-21.00
Friday 15/07 | 21.00
The concert is made possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).