Robsan’s “Take Five” is unique for the site in some ways. Typically, I’d pass on posting this type of song because it has a lot of mainstream sensibilities within it. You know, “SOTB loves the (underground) kids” and all. I try to keep super-mainstream stuff to the big dogs because you can get that anywhere.
However, it’s something about this song that grabbed my attention. It could be the chilled-out swagger the artist exhibits on the track above all else. That’s not to say the track is pedestrian by any means, but Robsan’s approach isn’t as boisterous as it could have been. And it works! Instead, his bravado is a bit subdued and it makes for, to me, a more easily digested track among the indie boombap and whatnot I tend to post here. It’s a bit ironic, though, that the song is about him moving too fast and people requesting him to slow it down.
I, for one am thankful it’s not chockful of doubletime flows and blistering lyrics. Instead of that, the song allows time for each bar to breathe and be its own thing. And that, my friends, is the hallmark of a good song.
Check it out below and remember to support dope music in all its forms.