‘Da’ What is Hip Hop? – Eso Tre [Editorial]

Posted on October 14, 2013 by


Got a short new editorial from Eso Tre of Substance Abuse.  1/2 of the Los Angeles group took some time to discuss what hip hop means to him – growing up on the likes of KMD and now as an artist himself.

“Hip hop to me, at least when I first got into it, was house party music.  There wasn’t a lot of pressure to make stuff that people could dance to.  I remember being a kid in Subz’ impala heading to some “rager” (that was the term they used) in L.A. and hearing the new joint from K.M.D. and the feeling I got.  That’s how I judge hip hop to this day, whether it gives me that feeling of excitement I got back then.

I know we’re in a different era now, and one of the things I am working on is being more open to what’s going in the current music scene.  It’s definitely more about what’s catchy, but making songs like that takes skill too and it’s something to be praised when an artist can walk that fine line between commercially accessible and still having substance.  People used to have this purist mentality about hip hop and I think that can be really close minded and an impediment to the evolution of an art form.  I say that as someone who has not completely embraced contemporary hip hop but is warming up to it more and more.” -Eso Tre