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The Robba - Album Review: Rob Arthur

06 Feb 2020 // A review by James Castady-Kristament

Rob Arthur by The Robba is an 11-track album of synth heavy rap songs dripping in The Robba’s very unique sound and style. The Robba is infinitely talented, taking credits for beats, guitar, rapping, singing, mixing, mastering and even making the music videos. His new and 5th instalment of alternative rap albums drops on 10 February 2020 and is available on Bandcamp and all digital retailers.

The Robba has always reminded me a little bit of Beck when he raps, kind of quirky and wacky, unconcerned with hip-hop posturing. A little bit like The Streets in the way he fuses catchy choruses and rapped verses together with a personal honesty that manages to avoid resemblance to the mainstream hip-hop norm. His flow is reminiscent in a lot of ways of Eminem in the way he puts words together and breaks syllables apart. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Eminem is a big influence on him.

I’ve been listening to The Robba for around 13 years and have reviewed many of his previous albums. The new album Rob Arthur definitely shows growth in the production quality and song crafting confidence that comes with over a decade of experience. The new album has incorporated a lot of elements from The Robba’s dub step project Dynabee, with his beats containing the heavy thumping kick and snare and warbling synths associated with the genre.

The album opens with the song Bitch I’m Back, which is appropriate after a hiatus following his last album. This flows into Are You With Me, about consuming weed and alcohol. This song is like a cross between metal dubstep and hip-hop. Other highlights on the album are his song 2020 featuring Hannah Jane. The drum n bass sounding So Damned and Shadow Banned. The kooky Rhyme About You and How You Spell Robba are catchy additions to the album which has 11 really strong songs making it difficult to single out stand outs, when every song stands out.

If you appreciate underground non-commercial alternative Hip Hop with world class production, The Robba is just what the doctor ordered. For a soundtrack to a good time, you can’t go wrong with the new album Rob Arthur by The Robba.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About The Robba

I am a solo artist who makes rock and hiphop music. Some songs are more rock and some are more hiphop, other times a mix of both!

I have independently released two albums and before them two EPs. One EP was with Jonny and The Robba after we won the Coke Launchpad in 2004. The next EP was as a solo artist, I promoted it with an NZ tour.

Then I released an album which had a number 1 and a number 2 song on the kiwi fm charts as well as other songs playlisted on radio stations around the country. C4 tvs homegrown show played 4 of my music videos from the album.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Robba

Releases

Rob Arthur
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Anomaly
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Awesome Songs
Year: 2015
Type: Album
How It Go
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Free Dome
Year: 2010
Type: Album
The Robba
Year: 2008
Type: Album
Any Fear
Year: 2006
Type: Album

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