What age where you when you decided to become an artist?
Eso: As long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a rapper (cue Goodfellas theme music). On the reals, it was just a broader culture that we were a part of and being an emcee was how I fit in. I was a way of being cool without being illegal. And I felt I could reach a wide range of people of all walks of life more easily with rap then with anything else.
Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?
Eso: Nas, Hiero, De La Soul, Organized Konfusion
What are some of the things you’re working on right now?
Eso: being a lawyer, and being an emcee. I passed the California Bar this year and I’m learning that in the adult world being an aesthete seems to have very little cachet. Everyone is about their paper and suddenly I’m supposed to be too. But I’m still writing and formulating and we’re working on a 3rd album that’s full of surprises. I’m still a b-boy at heart.
What advise can you give other upcoming artists?
Eso: It depends on what you want out of it. If you’re trying to blow up keep in mind you’re going up against Selena Gomez and songs that people play on youtube before they go out and get sloshed. Most people don’t care about what sample you used or how you’re a dope freestyler. If you have a lion heart like Subz and I do you will find people that will appreciate what you’re trying to do. The key is to expand that following.
How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?
Eso: the homies used to clown. But now in every jam I’m the f**king man.
Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?
Eso: many times. And there is much more to come. I won’t stop ‘til I see my future wifey in the front row.
Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?
Eso: look out for RCKLSS ABNDN FILMS who directed our dope video “Paper Tigers” featuring Myka 9 and Percee P. And our peeps Meanest Man Contest, some of the most original raptastic ass mofos you will ever hear on the mic. Big ups to Kutmasta Kurt too for always having our back. He is far more interesting than that Dos Equis guy and he makes better beats too. Philm One and Da Stig are on the come up. And of course Waes One, our Nor-Cal Fam Bam.
"Paper Tigers" Video