An Interview With |Substance Abuse|


Happy weekend everyone! The weekend is always the best time of the week (obviously) and gives me chance to listen to all the great new music that gets released. Some new music this weekend for you all to feast your ears on comes from L.A group ‘Substance Abuse’ with their track “Bridges”, which has an awesome music video to go with it.

Substance abuse are artists from L.A, made up of the duo ‘Subz’ and ‘Eso Tre’, producing hip-hop/rap music, taking influence from many bands and artists such as ‘De La Soul’ and ‘Tha Alkaholiks’. The track features Aceyalone, one of the founding founding members of Freestyle Fellowship, a collective that brought an improvisational focus to the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene in the 1990s, and throws it back to that old-school hip-hop sound, similar to the sounds of artists such as ‘Jurassic 5’.

“Bridges” is more than just a funky tune, it also brings a message to the modern listener, with one half of the duo ‘Subz’ saying he felt “…we needed to do a song about unity in these increasingly divisive times we’re in”.
Substance Abuse were kind enough to do a short interview to give some more insight, here’s what they had to say:

Who influences you in terms of big artists to make the music you do?

We grew up listening to Organized Konfusion, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and a lot of great groups whose foundation was great beats and lyricism. On the West Coast we bumped cats like Compton’s Most Wanted and King Tee, but we were also into the more rapper’s rapper type of dudes like Hieroglyphics and Tha Alkaholiks.

Was there a lot of musical influence from where you grew up?

Growing up in L.A. meant embracing hip hop from both the West and the East Coast with equal enthusiasm. Our music is reflection of both coasts. But growing up where we did also meant embracing all types of music. We listened to everything from Hendrix to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Circle Jerks to Miles Davis. We are hip hop, but we were never content with just being that. We used to hang around every conceivable type of cat, from gangsters to skaters to surfers to bookworms. And we picked up game from all of them.

How did you meet Aceyalone and make the collaboration happen?

We know Aceyalone through mutual friends. We had already done songs with Myka and P.E.A.C.E. from Fellowship and knew a lot of the same people. The song concept seemed to fit his style perfectly. He is great at doing songs where there is a single metaphor stringing everything together. When we first heard his verse we were pretty bedazzled.

What is next for Substance Abuse?

Everyone keeps telling us we need to go on tour. Or maybe that’s what we keep telling ourselves. Either way, it needs to happen. We have people in Europe that have been following us since the myspace days and are like “damn, how come y’all ain’t come out here yet?” So we have to make a trip to the EU at least.

You can check out the video for “Bridges” directly below!

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