3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of...
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Studio album by Arrested Development


March 24, 1992




Bosstown Recording Studios, Twenty-Five Sixty Studios and UWM Studios
(Atlanta, GA)
Trax 32 Recording Studio
(Mequon, WI)


Hip hop, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop




Chrysalis / EMI


Speech (also exec.)

Arrested Development chronology


Unplugged (1993)

3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of... is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Arrested Development, released on March 24, 1992, on Chrysalis Records. It was produced entirely by member Speech, who is also the main performer on the album. 3 Years stood in stark contrast to the gangsta rap music that ruled the hip hop charts the year of its release, with its focus on spirituality, peace, and love. The album's title refers to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract.

The album peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200, #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and #1 on the Heatseekers charts. Its chart success was the beginning of the popularisation of Southern hip hop. The album resulted in Arrested Development winning two Grammy Awards in 1993: Best New Artist, and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the song "Tennessee". 

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs produced by Speech.

No. Title Time
1. "Man's Final Frontier" 2:39
2. "Mama's Always on Stage" 3:25
3. "People Everyday" 4:57
4. "Blues Happy" 0:45
5. "Mr. Wendal" 4:06
6. "Children Play with Earth" 2:39
7. "Raining Revolution" 3:25
8. "Fishin' 4 Religion" 4:06
9. "Give a Man a Fish" 4:22
10. "U" 4:59
11. "Eve of Reality" 1:42
12. "Natural" 4:18
13. "Dawn of the Dreads" 5:17
14. "Tennessee" 4:32
15. "Washed Away" 6:24

Samples[edit | edit source]

Man's Final Frontier

  • "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" by Enoch Light
  • "More Peas" by Fred Wesley and The J.B.'s

Mama's Always on Stage

  • "We're Ready" by Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band

People Everyday

  • "Four Play (New Remix)" by Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns
  • "Everyday People" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Remix for P Is Free" by Boogie Down Productions

Mr. Wendal

  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone

Children Play With Earth

  • "Skeleton Key" by Wendy & Lisa

Fishin' 4 Religion

  • "Stand!" by Sly & the Family Stone

Give a Man a Fish

  • "When It Comes Down to It" by Minnie Riperton


  • "The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)" by Ramsey Lewis
  • "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic

Eve of Reality

  • "New Position" by Prince


  • "Sunshine" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • "Sexy" by MFSB


  • "BNH" by The Brand New Heavies
  • "Alphabet St." by Prince

Washed Away

  • "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" by The Persuaders

People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)

  • "Tappan Zee" by Bob James
  • "Budy Bye" by Johnny Osbourne
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