Strong Arm Steady have kind of been the Destiny’s Child of hardcore hip hop in the past several years. The West Coast crew started as a well-populated collaborative headed by Xzibit and has included artists like Planet Asia, DJ Khalil, and have even been affiliated with Talib Kweli for a bit. Now the official roster is usually Krondon and Phil Da Agony, with reoccurring appearances from San Diego’s Mitchy Slick.
They stormed the mixtape market in a way not seen on the West Coast since 50 Cent, but it was their collaboration with Madlib …In Search of Stoney Jackson that finally saw them bubble over. They have some of the fiercest and well-seasoned lyricist spitting in the Pacific Standard Time Zone.
Currently the gang is gearing up to drop Stereotype, their collaborative album with Statik Selektah, one of New York’s most active DJs. The LP is vaguely in the same vein as their …In Search of Stoney Jackson album, Statik Selektah is providing all the beats and the SAS gang invited a good number of their homies to tag along and spice things up.
“Forever” is a personal favorite off the collection. Statik catches a sweet string loop from a record many heads will recognize and SAS tap LA-raised and NY-based Self Scientific MC Chace Infinite to drop some jewels on fools.