Hip-Hop Duo Substance Abuse Ready "Background Music"
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Los Angeles hip-hop duo Substance Abuse return to hip-hop with their sophomore LP, Background Music due out November 6. Consisting of emcee Eso Tre and Subz, Substance Abuse pull no punches on their latest offering: The 18 track collection is a hard-hitting, funky rap album that feels distinctly LA. The LP features MC Eiht, Tash of Alkaholiks, Percee P, Max Julien (The Mack), Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Myka 9, and KRS-One.
Substance Abuse stick to their trade mark style of socially conscious content. On the track “Flossin”, Substance Abuse and MC Eiht address the valorization of the affluent lifestyle that dominates today’s hip hop. The track “Rear View” featuring KRS-One, tackles the futility of trying to embrace a time period that is gone and never will be again, while still affirming some of the timeless values that people cherished during that era.
“When we came up with the title we had a few things in mind,” explains Eso, who grew up in the southland with Subz. “First, we’re talking about the era that we came up in, the early 90’s graffiti scene. It was a time when tagging crews in Los Angeles had members hailing from different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, where you’d have kids from West LA in the same crews as kids from South Central and there was a certain sense of unity in that. “The umbrella provided by graffiti and hip hop,” adds Eso, “represented something positive.”
On the negative side, graff culture had also become increasingly violent, mimicking gang culture in Los Angeles. The cross-pollination within these tagging crews, where kids from the hood were closely associated with the kids from suburbia, also allowed for members of L.A.’s more well known gangs to become involved in tagging crews. Suddenly the lines between “crews” and “gangs” were blurred.
“_Background Music_ also refers to the state of hip hop today, explains Eso “where the music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had,” explains Eso. It also refers to how our music is construed by the masses, people who generally seem to favor the popular over the obscure. Real hip-hop has been forced to play the “background” to club and dance music that seems devoid of any message or staying power.
After gaining much acclaim for their collaboration with MF Doom on the infectious single "Profitless Thoughts," Substance Abuse released their debut LP Overproof in 2006. The LP featured Saafir, Kool Keith, Motion Man, Kutmasta Kurt, Rasco, Thes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRB, URB, platform8470, and XLR8R.
What looms in the background of today’s music scene are people who are fed up with the current state of affairs and want change. If you’re one of them, check out Background Music.
Album Release: Marcel P. Black - "iLuv H.E.R. Too"
Marcel P. Black, is releasing his first ever full length album, "iLuv H.E.R. Too," which is also 5th project in 2 years. With "iLuv H.E.R. Too," Black once again continues with his passionate, urgent, honest brand of of emceeing, this time theme being the love for Hip-Hop as a culture, from both an artist & a fans perspective. The album is inspired by Common's classic ode to Hip-Hop, "I Used To Love H.E.R.", as well as the Hip-Hop era/culture he came of age in, circa '94-'01.
The album is mixed, mastered, & produced entirely by Chicago beatsmith J-Filly, & has guest appearances from New Orleans & Baton Rouge heavyweights such as Truth Universal, Luke St. John, Donney Rose, and many others.
The album is available for stream/purchase @ marcelpblack.bandcamp.com .
Video: History of Hip Hop Dance (Four Decades in Two Minutes)
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In under two minutes, Haitian-born New Yorker and Hip Hop dance break-out star Hurrikane, (who's won numerous dance competitions and been featured popping and locking in TV commercials and movies) seamlessly takes us through four decades of dance, demonstrating styles ranging from Uprocking to the Bart Simpson to the Harlem Shake - and everything in between.
Video: The Niceguys "Nice Party" - Worst Party Ever??
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The Niceguys love to host events in Houston, and their latest get together was packed with eager party-goers! Unfortunately some of the attendees didn't have the best reviews of their night out... WTF? Anyway, watch as Free explains why all the women love him, and Yves gives us a sample of his Nice dance style! As for Todd and DJ Candlestick... well, just watch.
Here's my personal letter to Chief Keef. Somebody needed to talk to him directly rather than about him. Feel free to publish it.
I hope this letter reaches you alive and free from incarceration. Looks like you got yourself in a serious mess. Following this whole Lupe Fiasco drama, seems like the media, Facebook, Twitter and anyone with a voice has something to say about you. The truth is, as a 17 year old kid with limited "real" life experience, you're not really built to handle your new found fame and the predicament you now find yourself in. I know you feel that you have plenty of experience handling shit on your block but this is much bigger than the streets, lil' homie. Being investigated for your crew's involvement in the possible murder of a so-called rival may lead to the end to your new found success and freedom.
While I'm disgusted by your behavior and what you project through your image and music, I know that it isn't completely your fault. You're a victim of your environment. Southside Chicago is a damn war zone according to what I've been told. And what's crazy is how the music industry has managed to exploit you and your environment for profit and entertainment. What you don't seem to realize is that these industry executives really don't give a shit about you. To them, you're simply a product, something to market and sell as the latest trend. You're a whore being pimped by a system that would see you dead as long as you made them money. The 5 G's you probably have in your pocket right now as you read this make you feel invincible and above criticism. But to Interscope, homie, that's chump change. To them, it's petty cash. To Jimmy Iovine, that's piggy bank money. I'm sure you know how the pimpin' game works. See the similarities?
These multi-millionaire executives who smile in your face and make you feel like a king have been pimping others way before you were born. They're experts at it. You're fresh meat right now so they want to make sure you're healthy enough to keep hoein' for them. Following your disturbing Twitter comments, your label gets a publicist to claim that your account was hacked and then follows it up with inspirational quotes to try to clean up your image so you don't get too bruised up. It's called damage control, crisis management. No one really bought it except for the kids who listen to your music because they're being exploited just like you are. But there's no damage control in the streets. The young brother Lil' JoJo who your crew allegedly had problems with wasn't fortunate enough to benefit from the damage control you've been provided. You're worth a lot to your label now, not in human value but in dollars. Think lil' homie. What would a company who's worked with international superstars for two decades want with you if it wasn't to make a quick buck? It can't be for your talent. But it's not just your label. Websites and bloggers are just as guilty. They highlight the drama and gossip to bring more web traffic. Do something positive for a change and see how silent they become. But if it's to exploit your violent image, they'll take you to a gun range, conduct the interview on location, and then have you point a gun at a target just the same way pointing a gun at law enforcement got you arrested a few months prior. The fact that the blog in question eventually removed the interview due to growing pressure doesn't excuse their complicity in your exploitation.
You got a daughter, homie. Would you let people exploit her like they do you? It would be considered child abuse for an adult to facilitate a minor's participation in destructive behavior and activities. But wait a minute! Haven't these adult industry execs helped you participate in destructive behavior and activities by knowingly giving you the platform to do so? And they're even rewarding you for it! Sounds like a whole lot of people need to be investigated for child abuse. But I'm not a social worker so I could be wrong. What I am is someone who's been in the music industry for years and has seen stronger people than you gain a little success, get chewed up, and then spit out by the same people who pretended to support them. And while the real enemies are smiling in your face and feeding your ego, the people who have your best interest at heart are being ridiculed or ignored. You see, although you called Lupe a bitch and threatened to beat his ass, he responded the way a mature and compassionate person would. Try to threaten Jimmy Iovine the same way and see how compassionate he is. You know pimps beat their hoes down when they get "out of line".
I'm part of a large community of people who can't stand your music and what you represent but would love to take you under their wings because you need guidance. In Chicago alone you got brothers like Lupe and Rhymefest who would be there for you. You have thousands more spread out across the nation who would be more than happy to guide you through this crazy world that your very limited experience hasn't prepared you for. It's bigger then the paper in your pocket, the groupies, and this temporary power you have that will disappear quicker than you think. Once Jimmy and crew are done with you, they'll get someone else to exploit and you'll find yourself back at square one, a has-been, money wasted on material things, with no real life plan for you and your family. The streets are quick to eat you up once you're on the block again. Trust me; it's happened to plenty of artists before you.
Keith, keep your eyes open and recognize who your real supporters are. You got people all around the country who want to see you live a long, happy life, even if they don't like your music. I'm sure you can understand that. But time is running out and your daughter needs her daddy around. Make a change while you still can.
Video: Dark Time Sunshine - "Valiant" Ft. Child Actor
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It's been an exciting summer for Dark Time Sunshine. The duo, comprised of rapper Onry Ozzborn and producer Zavala, released their sophomore album, ANX, in late July, and since, praise has poured in from the likes of MTV Hive, OkayPlayer, AOL Spinner, and more. The guys have been on tour with Aesop Rock all summer, with nine new Midwest shows added for what has become a 50-plus date national tour; and now, Dark Time Sunshine has partnered with VICE's music channel Noisey.com to premiere the latest video from ANX, for the song "Valiant."