CZARFACE (Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric) “Every Hero Needs A Villian” In stores June 16th 2015 [video]
CZARFACE â€“ Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric â€“ isnâ€™t concerned with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the groupâ€™s fans.
In 2013, the trio appeared relatively unassumingly with their self-titled debut, which was chiefly produced by DJ 7L and included guests ranging from Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna to Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson and Roc Marciano. The soon-to-be acclaimed group found out quickly that there was a groundswell of hip-hop fanatics thirsting for the lunchpail, lyrics-above-all-else rap they fell in love with in the â€˜90s. Several pressings of the album on CD, 2-LP and even cassette later, they are back and ready to up the ante.
This time around the group is the same, but itâ€™s fair to say that all three men have stepped up their game. â€œWe knew how we felt about the last album, but werenâ€™t sure how it would be received by listeners,â€ explains MC Esoteric. â€œBut people really responded to it, even more than we had hoped. That gave us the confidence to really spread our wings and let loose on this one. The chemistry is even tighter this time around. We know exactly what lanes we are cruising in and what weight class we are fighting in for Round 2.â€
Inspectah Deck adds, â€œCzarface is like the Danger Room for the X-Men, I can use all my weapons on there. When Iâ€™m in Wu-Tang, I have to come a certain way because we have a certain style of fan, when Iâ€™m here doing the Czarface projects, it allows me to actually be an MC, it allows me to actually just spit…I love that. I love when i can just spit freely and just be an MC.â€
The fighting analogy â€“ whether drawn from pugilism or â€˜80s wrestling, both which figure into Every Hero Needs A Villain â€“ is an apt one, considering the unrelenting lyrical attacks that Deck and Esoteric unleash on track after track, each trying to one-up the previous verse. Best of all, it is friendly camaraderie, based around a loose theme of renegade mutant MC talents running wild. DJ 7L explains, â€œAll three of us are influenced by comics, sci-fi movies, TV, wrestling. Czarface encompasses all of that, and it helps with the visuals as well.â€
On the production side, 7L shows yet again â€“ as he did with the groupâ€™s debut â€“ that he remains a formidable yet underappreciated musical force, constantly providing hard, funky and alternatingly ominous backdrops for the assembled MCs to use as lyrical luge paths.
If that wasnâ€™t enough, itâ€™s all iced with a ridiculously intricate and beefy 70-plus page, hardcover CD casebook with lyrics and extensive artwork by Gilberto Aguirre Mata (El Ultimo Codice) and Lâ€™amour Supreme, and with â€œDeath & Abduction,â€ a comic written by Esoteric; and an explosive, comic-book-inspired cover by Lâ€™amour Supreme (Mishka NYC). The LP version also comes on Clear double vinyl, with a full-sized â€œDeath & Abduction” comic.
(Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric)
‘Every Hero Needs A Villain’
In stores 6/16/15
Pre-order from iTunes here:
*includes two bonus tracks not on CD or LP
Pre-order the Deluxe Bundle from GetOnDown.com here:
-70+ page Hardcover Casebook CD, with cover art by L’Amour Supreme (Mishka NYC), full lyrics, and debut Czarface comic ‘Death & Abduction’
-2xLP on limited Red & Cyan colored vinyl (this colorway is only available at Get On Down, as part of this bundle), with full size ‘Death & Abduction’ comic book
-Limited edition Cassette featuring the full Vocal album plus the Instrumentals
-Czarface Sticker Sheet, with 12 stickers of art from L’Amour Supreme and Alfredo Rico-Dimas (only available at Get On Down, as part of this bundle)
-Limited t-shirt (only available at Get On Down, as part of this bundle)
‘Every Hero Needs A Villain’ Track List:
1 Don The Armor
3 Lumberjack Match
4 Nightcrawler feat. METHOD MAN
5 World Premier feat. LARGE PROFESSOR
6 The Great (Czar Guitar)
7 Red Alert
8 Junkyard Dogs feat. JUJU OF THE BEATNUTS
9 Sgt. Slaughter
10 When Gods Go Mad feat. GZA
11 Ka-Bang! feat. MF DOOM
12 Deadly Class feat. MEYHEM LAUREN
13 Escape From Czarkham Asylum
15 Good Villains Go Last feat. RA THE RUGGED MAN