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Eso Tre, one-half of the hip hop collective Substance Abuse (hear them on Earbits), reviewed the recent release from A Tribe Called Quest, called ‘We Got It From Here…Thank You for Your Service’. It’s a unique look into what is proving to be a huge album – from an artist’s perspective. Check out the review, and grab the album!


Eso Tre is one-half of the hip hop powerhouse, Substance Abuse

If you were a rapper who lived in or around the 510 area code in the ‘90’s, you knew what it was like to gaze at the beautiful east bay hills with a sense of hope, knowing that being fiercely lyrical and unwilling to “grow up” (a euphemism for when rappers put out boring stuff) was not an impediment to a major label deal and stardom that transcended what rapper Encore referred to as “street buzz”.  As an L.A. transplant living in Oakland I only caught the tail end of this period of optimism, but such were the times and geographic setting that produced one of the Left Coast’s most enigmatic and underrated lyricists, an emcee known as Motion Man.

The “Intro” to Background Music, L.A. hip-hop duo Substance Abuse’s second album, begins with an trippy mashup of soundclips that includes quips like “Substance Abuse presents problems without presenting solutions,” “they team up with other MCs,” and “they sound like 1998.” These clips, although smashed together quickly and barely coherent,accomplish the same thing B. Rabbit did in 8 Mile’s final battle scene— they bring forth potential flaws before critics have a chance to mention them.

Listen to Substance Abuse on Earbits Radio

This is part of our ongoing series about getting your music on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on FM radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

What is your band name?

Substance Abuse

** Click here to listen to Substance Abuse on Earbits! **

Tell us about your band.

Hip hop. Been together since the late 90’s though we been since homies since elementary school. We put out the classic album “Overproof” and we’re ’bout to drop the soon to be classic “Background Music”.

(Written by Eso Tre: one-half of Los Angeles Hip Hop duo, Substance Abuse. Check them out!)

If you are a true Hip Hop fan, chances are, you know of the legendary NY-based underground rapper, Percee P. Gaining notoriety in the underground scene thanks to years of success and perseverance, as well as legendary battles with Fat Joe, Eminem, and Lord Finesse (among many others), Percee P is one of the innovators and originators of today’s DIY Hip Hop scene. Read a fantastic interview by Substance Abuse’s Eso Tre, and learn a little about the origin of old-school Hip Hop: Underground style!

Eso Tre of Substance Abuse sat down with Myka Nyne, legendary member of Freestyle Fellowship and progenitor of some of LA’s dopest styles, on the ten year anniversary of 9/11 to discuss hip hop, jazz, terrorism, and the unique music scene birthed by Los Angeles.

“It’s All Love” – An Exclusive Interview with Myka Nyne

Eso Tre: Tell us about the upcoming Freestyle Fellowship album “The Promise” and how it is different from the prior releases from Fellowship and how you guys have evolved as a group.


As teens growing up in Los Angeles, Eso Tre and Subz (now members of L.A. area Hip Hop duo, Substance Abuse) frequented the local shows, and eventually ended up on the stage themselves. Performing all over the Los Angeles area, Substance Abuse has learned its fair share of lessons over the years. One important lesson stuck with them: crowds are a crap shoot.


** Listen to “West Los” by Substance Abuse on Earbits Radio! **