Picks and Pans Review: Zingalamaduni

updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Arrested Development

In life, political correctness can be boring; in rap, it's refreshing. And compared with gangsta rap's brutal amorality and casual sexism, Arrested Development's good-natured Afrocentric positivism seems downright rebellious. On its second album, Zingalamaduni (Swahili for "beehive of culture"), the Georgia-based collective continues to purvey its spiritually based brand of political awareness and racial pride, wrapping its messages in jazzy, free-flowing beats that are never assaultive. There is anger—on "Mister Landlord" rapper Speech threatens to punch a racist in the mouth—but the more common tone is one of forgiveness and tolerance. And while there's talk of "revolution," there's never any doubt that what A.D. is really advocating is an overthrow of outmoded and oppressive thinking. (Chrysalis)

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