Let’s get one thing straight first: Strongboy doesn’t make beats, he composes. Yes, there is a difference.
Strongboy (born Ryan Vaughn) manifested in the new age with rhythms and kicks yet heard of on this planet. With musical influences like Jay Electronica, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pharrell and Marvin Gaye-the storytellers of their generation-Strongboy’s music penetrates the cerebral, forcing whoever hops on the track to tell a story of their own. Combining the style and essence of these icons yields a trippy composition that leaves everybody asking, “Damn, that‘s you?” One artist cried. No elementary lyrics for these beats though. With unsyncopated patterns and off-but-on melodies, he makes the artists sit, think and write before recording. Logic on his left, Pro Tools on his right and Sonar