Thursday, April 8, 2010

Arrested Development - Ease My Mind (1994)

Billboard Hot 100: #45
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #14
Hot Rap Songs: #4

When Arrested Development released their debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... in 1992, they quickly became one of the most popular hip hop groups of the early '90s. The album went 4x Platinum on the strength of three crossover hits: Tennessee, People Everyday, and Mr. Wendal. However, at the time of their second release, 1994's Zingalamaduni, the hip hop scene had changed dramatically. The airwaves were almost completely dominated by West Coast gangsta rap and alternative rap groups like Arrested Development struggeled to stay successful. The album didn't do nearly as well as their first one (it's didn't even go Gold), but it did spawn this moderately successful single, Ease My Mind.

The group broke up 2 years later, only to reunite in 2000. Although they never regained their success in the United States, they have a fairly strong following in Japan to this day.

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