Known for consistently pushing the artistic and social envelope, Speech was born Todd Thomas in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Speech started and produced the hip-hop group, Arrested Development. Arrested Development received two GRAMMY Awards (Best new artists & Best rap single 1993) for the album, 3 years, 5 months, and 2 days in the life of…”. In 2020, Speech partnered with Resonant Pictures and Pipeline Entertainment to release the full-length documentary “16 Bars” where Speech goes into a maximum-security jail to write music with inmates. This stirring documentary has won numerous film festival awards and is now available through Lightyear Entertainment on streaming platforms worldwide.