Strong Arm Steady vs. Statik Selektah : Stereotype – album review

Strong Arm Steady vs. Statik Selektah: Stereotype (Stones Throw Records)
CD/LP/DL
Out: 3rd Sep

East meets West in a collaborative effort from producer Statik Selektah and LA collective Strong Arm Steady resulting in a mixed, yet enjoyable bag of contemporary Hip Hop.

Since collaborating exclusively with Action Bronson, Reks and Termanology over the last few years, Statik Selektah focuses his attention upon innovative West Coast collective Strong Arm Steady and the outcome is a lot more interesting than you might initially imagine.

This 14 track album often sounds like a compilation, for it ranges through a myriad of different hip hop styles, which means that even if it can occasionally become a bit too ”˜Hollywood’, it will almost always revert back to a calmer, more considered sound within minutes. Certain tracks could easily soundtrack an episode of ”˜My Super Sweet 16′, which is definitely not a good thing, but others encapsulate the soul laced samples and laid back loops that define the East Coast sound.

A range of guest stars (and what rap album would be complete without its guest stars?) include David Banner, Black Hippy and Schoolboy Q. They dip in and out of verses whilst the mainframe is still very much comprised of Krondon, Phil and Mitchy of SAS. It’s an interesting choice for Stones Throw and certainly shows how they are willing to expand their repertoire in times when hip hop is far from the most popular genre.

Minor criticisms would be that the overtly West Coast production elements become grating, but the darker, East Coast elements make ”˜Stereotype’ a worthy listen. Whatever your preference, however, there will definitely be several tracks that will appeal to any fan of either style.

The Strong Arm Steady Website can be found HERE

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All words by Colin McCracken. You can read more of his Louder Than War articles HERE
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