Speech was born Todd Thomas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest of parents Robert & Patricia Thomas. Speech started the music group, Arrested Development. Arrested Development won two Grammy Awards (Best new artists & Best rap single 1993) with songs that Speech wrote and produced from the album, “3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of…”  Speech has released 5 solo albums since 1996 all of which have spawned Top 10 hit singles. Speech became an ordained minister with the Churches of Christ in 2005.  Speech says, “My most proud achievement is my marriage to Yolanda, (we’ve been together over 17 years), our two children Jahi and Zoe Thomas and my faith in Jesus, which is my biggest strength & guidance.”

Rhymes: Public Enemy “Rebel Without a Pause”, and De La Soul “The Magic Number”.


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Arrested Development


“Standing At The Crossroads” Free Download

Speech’s Personal Site

Songs from this Interview:

Public Enemy “Rebel Without a Pause”

Public Enemy “Public Enemy Number 1”

Gil Scott Heron “Home is Where the Hatred Is”

“A Different World” Theme Song

Arrested Development “People Everyday”

Kilo Ali “Lost Y’all Minds”

Def Jef “Black to the Future”

Arrested Development “Tennessee”

De La Soul “The Magic Number”

Stetasonic “Music for the Stetfully Insane”

De La Soul “Say No Go”

Arrested Development “Natural”

Arrested Development “Mr. Wendal”

Boogie Down Productions “You Must Learn”

Mary J. Blige “Everyday People”

Lecrae ft. Trip Lee “Jesus Muzik”

Drake ft. Trey Songz “Successful”

Sage Morgan-Hubbard

Sage Morgan-Hubbard

Sage Xaxua Morgan-Hubbard is the new Academic Outreach Coordinator in the School of Fine Arts at Columbia College Chicago currently housed in the Dance Department. She was the cipher organizer for Words, Beats & Life’s Midwest Hip Hop Teach-In “Remixing the Art of Social Change” and the Outreach Director of Young Chicago Authors. She earned her MA in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and is a graduate of Brown University where she studied “Performance Studies: Socially Conscious Art of the Everyday” and Ethnic Studies. Sage is a poet, activist and teacher from Washington, D.C. She is the founder of WORD! spoken word artists and activists, a former DC poetry slam coach and one of the original members of Spoken Resistance and the performance group Sol y Soul.

Rhymes: Public Enemy “Fight the Power,”  Queen Latifah “U.N.I.T.Y.,” and Arrested Development “People Everyday.”


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Words, Beats & Life Inc.


Songs from this Interview:

Public Enemy “Fight the Power”

Digable Planets “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”

Salt-N-Pepa ft. En Vouge “Whatta Man”

Queen Latifah “U.N.I.T.Y.”

Kendrick Lamar “HiiiPOWER”

Arrested Development “Mr. Wendal”

Nas “I Know I Can”

Unspoken Heard “Live at Home”

Digable Planets “Where I’m From”

Termnalogy “Watch How It Goes Down”

Pep Love “Pacific Heights”

Blackalicious “Make You Feel That Way”

Arrested Development “People Everyday”

King Kapisi ft. Che Fu “U Can’t Resist Us”

Invincible “Sledgehammer!”

Miz Korona ft. Moe Dirdee “Playground”