Having emerged in 1991, the Atlanta-based Afrocentric Hip-Hop group Arrested Development made a huge impact on Hip-Hop and the mainstream music scene. Their socially aware music asked listeners to open their eyes and affect the world around them positively. In the early 1990s, they won a variety of accolades such as Band of the Year in 1992 by Rolling Stone Magazine and two Grammy awards in 1993 for Best New Artist and Best Rap Single.
Having taken a hiatus in 1995, the band reunited in 2000. They continue to perform together are still make waves across seas, performing in Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and selling out shows in Japan. Currently the band consists of the members Speech, Tasha LaRae, 1 Love, Fareedah Aleem, Za’, and JJ Boogie.
Their activism and social awareness has not ceased and is apparent in their latest single "Living." Released in 2012, "Living" hit the top of college radio charts and was listed top 10 overseas. At the beginning of the video for "Living," the band disputes the statement that hip-hop is dead. Saying, “HipHop has been buried alive.” The song and lyrics of "Living" declare that Hip-Hop is most definitely alive and defines itself as a "motivational anthem for hip hop."
The video won 2 awards at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for Best Song and an Award of Excellence. They were also an official selection at the Macon Film Festival, amongst others.