A review of Strong ARM's Hip-Hop mixes of 'Slow Down Strong' and 'That's Gangsta'.
‘That’s Gangsta’ gets you nodding to the rhythm of the beats. The instrumental accompaniment is as rhythmic as the flow of the lyrics. The wealth of the track is in the instrumentals; sparse in its sound selection yet arranged with a simplicity whose quality bespeaks taste and purpose. Possibly, the sound producer set out to convey suspense and theatricals, as well offer some feeling aimed at transporting the listener to the earlier years of the genre. The delivery of the rap lyrics comes solid and seamless in its flow with the instrumentals.
Lyrically, the song is directed at self; it can be taken to be an introduction of the artist to the listener: an introduction of self, based entirely on the perspective and terms of self. It does have a huge potential for being a street anthem.
The wealth of the track is in the instrumentals; sparse in its sound selection yet arranged with a simplicity whose quality bespeaks taste and purpose.
‘Slow Down Strong’ comes theatrical and very much so. You can’t help but notice the drumbeat that comes into play along the way, and subtly takes on a predominant status in the overall sound arrangement. It clearly breathes some more active life into the song. There’s a good deal of musical seduction at play in the offering of this track. The rap delivery comes in one of the most mesmerizing flows that have ever reached a listener’s ear, something along the lines of Eminem, KRS-One and Busta Rhymes.
Strong A.R.M.'s style and music production harken back to the days were Hip-Hop was at its most creative. Raw and uncut. The way we like it.