Los Angeles hip-hop duo, Substance Abuse, return to hip-hop with their remix EP, Background Music: The Redux. Consisting of emcee Subz and Eso Tre, Substance Abuse present a work that re-imagines some of the classic tracks first introduced on their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Background Music.
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. “Rear View (The Chase Remix)” embodies a new take on the track played on DJ Premier’s Live From HeadQCourterz radio show as well as many other reputable outlets.
Background Music refers to the state of hip hop today, 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.
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. Listen to “Rear View (The Chase Remix)” below.
Click HERE to listen to the Background Music: The Redux EP.