Release Date: Aug 14, 2012
Record label: Stones Throw
Genre(s): Underground Rap, West Coast Rap
Calling California’s Strong Arm Steady hard working and dedicated to their art would be an understatement given their tireless track record of releases since 2003. From the ground up, group members Mitchy Slick, Krondon and Phil Da Agony have built a reputation as an underground force to be reckoned with, netting a consistently growing cult following receptive to their no nonsense approach. Completely produced by the ever prolific Statik Selektah, StereoType is the latest addition to the SAS regime’s extensive catalog.
Literate as ever and a bit more bitter to boot, Strong Arm Steady are on top of their game the whole way through Stereotype, an album where producer Statik Selektah gets co-billing, and deservingly so. Besides the sunny day vibe he brings to "Do Ya Thing Girl (Jook)" and the wonderful loops he lays on the aptly titled "Premium," Statik speaks through his productions here, letting loose some angry Black Panther samples during the opening "Truth of the Truth" and dropping some soulful blues lyrics during the rainy day "LA Blues," with S. A.
Of late, Statik Selektah has been focusing his efforts on creating entire projects with just one artist. He’s teamed with Action Bronson, Reks, Termanology and more since 2011. This time, the Boston-area producer links up with West Coast collective Strong Arm Steady for a new album, Stereotype. Stereotype allows the talents of both SAS and Statik to shine through for 14 tracks.