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Substance Abuse featuring KRS-One “Rear View” (The Chase Mix)

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”.

Substance Abuse stick to their trade mark style of socially conscious content. 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 “where the music seems deracinated of the personality and edge that it once had.”  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 Overproof in 2006. The album featured SaafirKool KeithMotion ManKutmasta Kurt,RascoThes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRBURBScratch Magazine,and 944.  That album was followed by the classic “Background Music”, featuring Tash, Sadat X, Percee P, Myka Nyne, MC EihtKRS-Oneand Max Julien (The Mack).

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: The Redux.


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New Music: Young Nasaro – The Greatest (Official Music Video)

Brooklyn, New York, “Young Nasaro”. This music video is dedicated to one of the greatest boxers of all time, “Muhammad Ali”. Check out Young Nasaro’s lyrical delivery and witty points of view. We are sure you’ll enjoy every second.

Auspicious Time Tefnut Ennead: Queen Earth

Queen Earth, formerly known as Charlie Kelsey hit the underground scene after a 12 year, hiatus with an aggressive flow and unique tone.  Mrs. Earth has been at it for over 23 years and doesn’t plan on stopping making music at any time soon.  Her lyricism mixes hood conscious messages, spirituality and topics including feminism, racism, parental alienation, child support and more. While her many songs, mixtapes and albums have not reached superstardom or major reviews she still has an impact on a lot of the LGBTQ community, female rappers and peers in the hiphop community. In her spare time, she advocates for the H.I.V/A.I.D.S. community and Mothers Rights. Most recently she has been actively planning a concert to benefit Non Custodial Mothers. She feels that the rise in mothers being separated from their children due to ex relationships and family court systems is having a huge affect on the youth,  All proceeds of all her music has gone towards this benefit concert to help parents get the proper legal help to win back custody and be active in their childrens lives. Check out her latest addition, “Auspicious Time Tefnut Ennead.”

Website: https://www.iiqueenearth.wordpress.com
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Music: https://www.charliekelsey.bandcamp.com
Email: charliekelseymusic@gmail.com