14 Songs, 54 Minutes

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Formed in 2003, Strong Arm Steady began as a bigger group (with Planet Asia, Xzibit, Chace Infinite, and DJ Khalil in the ranks) and was known mostly for fiery live shows and mixtapes like The Collectors Edition Vol. 1 and Gangs of L.A.. Since then, it's trimmed down to just three core members: longtime underground artists Mitchy Slick, Krondon, and Phil Da Agony. Strong Arm Steady's first official album, Deep Hearted, dropped in 2007, followed by In Search of Stoney Jackson and Arms & Hammer. On Stereotype, the trio links up with East Coast super-producer Statik Selektah, best known for his work with Termanology, Bumpy Knuckles, and Action Bronson. The result is some of Strong Arm Steady's best music to date, with Statik's always on-point, sample-drenched beatscapes perfectly complementing rhymes mostly about their love for California and real hip-hop. Black Hippy, Dom Kennedy, Bad Lucc, Skeme, and Reks all make guest appearances, while standouts include "Forever," "Through the Motions," and the appropriately titled bass-driven banger "Classic."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Formed in 2003, Strong Arm Steady began as a bigger group (with Planet Asia, Xzibit, Chace Infinite, and DJ Khalil in the ranks) and was known mostly for fiery live shows and mixtapes like The Collectors Edition Vol. 1 and Gangs of L.A.. Since then, it's trimmed down to just three core members: longtime underground artists Mitchy Slick, Krondon, and Phil Da Agony. Strong Arm Steady's first official album, Deep Hearted, dropped in 2007, followed by In Search of Stoney Jackson and Arms & Hammer. On Stereotype, the trio links up with East Coast super-producer Statik Selektah, best known for his work with Termanology, Bumpy Knuckles, and Action Bronson. The result is some of Strong Arm Steady's best music to date, with Statik's always on-point, sample-drenched beatscapes perfectly complementing rhymes mostly about their love for California and real hip-hop. Black Hippy, Dom Kennedy, Bad Lucc, Skeme, and Reks all make guest appearances, while standouts include "Forever," "Through the Motions," and the appropriately titled bass-driven banger "Classic."

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About Strong Arm Steady

To introduce themselves to the world, the members of Los Angeles-based Strong Arm Steady -- Xzibit, Krondon, Phil the Agony, and Mitchy Slick -- didn't stick to the usual technique of releasing an album. Instead, in 2004 they issued a DVD of clips from performances, recording sessions, and the band hanging out, although thanks to their mixtapes, they were already known in the L.A. area. In 2005 their debut, Arms & Hammers, was set to be released on Xzibit's Columbia imprint, Open Bar, but when that fell through, Strong Arm Steady -- minus Xzibit, who declined to give his reasons for leaving the group -- signed to Talib Kweli's newly formed Blacksmith Music. After a handful of singles on the label, the group would sign with underground imprint Stones Throw and hook up with in-house producer Madlib for the well-received In Search of Stoney Jackson. Their 2011 release, Arms & Hammers, was a more traditional hip-hop album with various producers and names like Too Short and the Game on the guest list. Flipping the script yet again, Stereotype from 2012 was considered a sequel to Stoney Jackson, with East Coast producer Statik Selektah taking the place of Madlib and producing the album in total. ~ Marisa Brown

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