Substance Abuse Overproof

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Listening to Los Angeles rappers Eso Tre and Subz trade rhymes is like revisiting old cassette tapes from your youth. The members of Substance Abuse kick off their first full-length with the boisterous, straight-out-of-the '80s electro beat of "Fake Contact," but for the most part, they stick with the jazzy production and occasionally dark piano lines of early '90s hip-hop. They're more into storytelling than braggadocio, stretching out songs instead of trying to cram in turns of phrase like their guest MF Doom, who fills a few bars on "Profitless Thoughts." But like most nostalgia trips, memories of this disc get hazy pretty quickly.