You can almost say that Substance Abuse's Overproof is two albums. One half a chillin' and relaxin' summer time slow ride in the vein of People Under The Stairs and Ugly Duckling, the other a mad scientist surgical creation, lurking somewhere between Kool Keith and the Def Jux crew. Emcees Eso Tre and Subz are adept at invoking the laid back West Coast party vibe, drawling out several cruised out head nodders over the course of the album. Though the second more experimental side of the album doesn't always work as well as it could, it creates a sense of balance and progressive accomplishment rarely seen on a debut album. Flaws aside, the album clearly paints Substance Abuse as a duo to keep an eye on.
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Blu is the leader of West Coast Hip Hop. Since the days of Pharcyde, Freestyle Fellowship, and Jurassic 5, there have been few wordsmiths that have grasped the attention of listeners worldwide. Introduced to NWA and Public Enemy by his father, Blu later was captivated by the likes of Black Star, The Roots, and Common, creating a unique balance that is displayed in Blu’s personality and music. Blu’s first full length LP, “Below the Heavens” pairs Blu with producer Exile on the Sound in Color imprint. His first single, “Narrow Path” has rocked stages across the world, as fans begin to feel the impact of Blu’s music. His delivery flows flawlessly, while the content reflects the joy and pain of working class youth everywhere. Since the release of “Narrow Path,” Blu has performed alongside Slum Village, X-Clan, Platinum Pied Pipers, Lyrics Born, DJ Houseshoes, and many others, while participating in 3 high-profile nationwide tours alongside musical family members: Ta’Raach, Aloe Blacc, and Exile. The buzz has fans salivating for new music. Worldwide, people are looking to put hope into the ‘next’ emcee that will give them the same feeling when they first heard Black Thought, Common, or Slum Village. Blu fulfills this need, but maintains something that is entirely new, while not recycled.