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Speech is a musician and member of the group Arrested Development. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, speech’s “Like Marvin Said (What’s Going On)”, (1995) was the first single from his solo debut. In 96 Speech toured Japan, Guadeloupe, Amsterdam and several U.S. cities. “Like Marvin Said” was a #1 hit in Japan for seven weeks.

Speech toured with Vice President Al Gore and first lady Hillary Clinton in the South during the 1996 U.S. Presidential election. Speech was also invited to and attended the inaugural celebrations. In November 1996, Speech was also invited to tour with Hootie and the Blowfish. Speech released his second solo album, 1998 Hoopla in February 1998 on Toshiba EMI-Japan. The record included the top five hit, “Movin’ On” and twice took Speech on a tour of Japan. In addition to touring and releasing his own albums, Speech has performed on several soundtracks including Malcolm X, Boomerang (film), Bebe Kids, Warriors of Virtue, and Michael Jordan to the Max.

Speech is married to Yolanda Thomas and has a son Jahi, and daughter, Zoe.


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  • Hellaflushz

    Atherton Project!!!

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • leroijonesjr

    Yeah Yeah was my jam back in grad school :-D

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • RnB_Gentleman

    great great great =) <3

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • QuimbysRiddle

    Spiritual People!

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • isnek

    Speech 最高!!!

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • McJAC

    hard as hell to get some albums but worth it !!

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • varetcahyu

    good music!

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • PeterRDavey

    which is a great song which uses the sample from noise art which is intoxicating.

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • PeterRDavey

    yea and he is giving spiritual people away for free on his website(limited time only)

    31 Mar 2008 Reply
  • plastiqu35n1nja

    'ask somebody' is from the self-titled album...japanese release is easiest to fine (and bloody expensive)...try 2nd hand amazon or cdnow or something...

    13 Jan 2008 Reply
  • mrcolj2006

    okay, Ask Somebody Who Ain't has been taken off this site now, so maybe it's more coveted than I thought... Well, anyone who finds a place to buy it, holler.

    16 Oct 2007 Reply
  • mrcolj2006

    How in the world do I find a copy of Ask Somebody who Ain't? I've listened to it on for a year now, and can't buy it anywhere on the net, on iTunes, etc. And if it's not for sale, doesn't that make it by definition legal for someone to email it to me? <-- real question, to be answered by lawyers (or by someone randomly emailing it to speech @

    27 Jul 2007 Reply
  • PeterRDavey

    im feelin esmerelda fo sho. and bonita applebum got it goin on

    15 Aug 2006 Reply
  • spengrench

    braided hair is swell.

    21 Jun 2006 Reply

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