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Isaiah “Za” Williams (Arrested Development) | Interview

Isaiah “Za” Williams is a jazz musician and bassist for the hip hop band Arrested Development. The group was founded in the early 1990s by lead emcee Speech and friend, DJ Headliner. Their debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days In The Life Of…, was released in 1992 with the popular song “Mr. Wendal. They won two Grammy Awards, along with being named Band Of The Year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Soon after, they were approached by Spike Lee to compose the song “Revolution” for the film Malcolm X. In 1994, they released a second album, Zingalamaduni, and broke up due to creative differences, only to reunite in 2000. In 2010, the group released the album Strong, which included the hit single “The World Is Changing”. In 2012, the group’s most recent album, Standing At The Crossroads, was released.

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