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A Fistful Of Peril (Pre-Order)CZARFACE (Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) is back! Fresh off the heels of their collaboration with Marvel Comics the trio continues to combine music and art with their latest release A Fistful of Peril.
The back story of this album begins in the summer while Deck and Esoteric were in the studio recording some new Czarface material. During this time Marvel Comics had reached out to Czarface wanting some music to soundtrack their Black Panther web series, promoting their breakout comic of the same name. This Marvel meeting spawned the lead track All in Together Now and served as the primary inspiration for a fleshed-out album that nobody saw coming. The group camped out in the studio playing beats, talking comics, video games, and pop culture....what came about was A Fistful of Peril.
Starting the album off with the ARP keyboard odyssey of Electric Level 1 is like entering the vortex of color and light in Kubrick's 2001. The aptly titled Two in the Chest showcases Deck & Eso's ability to deliver punchlines and pop culture references with ease over an exceptional bass and guitar combo. Czar Wars has the two sparring back and forth bringing that 'X-Men/Danger Room' mentality that Deck often to refers to when in Czar-mode. Psycho Les of The Beatnuts steps in on Dust while Lizard City introduces 'Czarface Pajamas'. Yes you read that correctly. The off-kilter Steranko has Meyhem Lauren and Rast join forces with Czarface as they weave their way through a mind-bending array of varying beats. Other features on the album are Conway on Machine, Man & Monster and AOTP's Blacastan on Tarantulas. Another one of the album's highlights is Dare Iz A Darkseid which along with Talk That Talk is the perfect balance of wit and humor that make up the core of Czarface.
Building on an already rock solid foundation with two critically acclaimed albums, A Fistful of Peril features some of the groups most cohesive material. The chemistry between the hungry-as-ever Deck and Eso overflows as the two mc's trade lines, humor and plenty of razor sharp lyrics over the backbone of 7L production. A Fistful of Peril in a word? Excelsior!1. Electric Level 1
2. Two In The Chest
3. Czar Wars
4. Dust (feat. Psycho Les)
5. Revenge On Lizard City
6. Machine, Man, & Monster (feat. Conway)
7. Dare Iz A Darkseid
8. Tarantulas (feat. Blacastan)
10. Steranko (feat. Meyhem Lauren & Rast RFC)
11. Talk That Talk
12. All In Together Now
13. Level Electric$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
CzarfaceIn music, timing is everything.
When soon-to-be-renowned Boston hip-hop duo 7L & Esoteric collaborated with the Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck on the title track to 7LES's debut EP Speaking Real Words in 1999, the timing was perfect. The upstart duo was building a serious buzz on the East Coast and beyond, while Deck was still winning praise for his gold-selling solo disc Uncontrolled Substance. As flashy pop-oriented rap was pumped
on commercial radio stations, their natural chemistry and simpatico skills shone as a beacon to real hip-hop fans, a base of listeners who were soon
asking about their next musical summit.
14 years later, the hunger for sharp lyrics and head-snapping beats hasn't dissipated. In the face of the ever-worsening status quo of watered-down
and vapid radio rap songs, the call for something real has only gotten stronger, and once again the time is right for a call to action - for someone or something to come in and send wack rappers running for the hills in fear. Enter CZARFACE, the upcoming, uncompromising full-length album from Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric.
Not surprising, respect for real hip-hop runs deep, and CZARFACE brings an army with it - consider the star-studded guest list which
includes Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks,) Oh No (Gangrene,) Mr. MFN eXquire and Deck's fellow Wu-Tang Clansmen Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna.
Aside from one track blessed by the almighty DJ Premier, production on CZARFACE belongs exclusively to DJ 7L, who provides the musical backbone which holds the album together. His ability to craft a hip-hop sound that's current and exciting with a classic feel left Deck impressed: "This is one of the first albums I've heard in a while that gives you so many different feels. You hear the '80s hip-hop style, '80s R&B and rock combined with what's going on now. That's creating something new, in
A collaboration this big is bound to catch some attention, as it has from MISHKA NYC artist Lamour Supreme, who penned the eye-popping Jack "King" Kirby inspired cover art for CZARFACE.LP1
1. Czarface Intro
2. Air 'Em Out
3. Cement 3's Featuring Roc Marciano
4. Czar Refaeli Featuring Oh No Of Gangrene
5. Rock Beast
6. Savagely Attack Featuring Ghostface Killah
7. Marvel Team-Up
1. It's Raw Featuring Action Bronson
2. Let It Off
3. Word War 4
4. Dead Zone
5. Poisonous Thoughts Featuring Mr. MFN Exquire
6. Shoguns Featuring Cappadonna & Vinnie Paz
7. Hazmat Rap$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Every Hero Needs A VillainComic Book Inspired Cover From L'amour Supreme (Mishka NYC)
Includes A Comic Book Written By Esoteric With Artwork By Gilberto Aguirre Mata (El Ultimo Codice) & L'amour Supreme
CZARFACE - Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran Boston duo 7L & Esoteric - isn't concerned
with the glitz and the B.S. that modern consumer culture is pushing. And neither are the group'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 '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 it's fair to say that all three men have stepped up their game. "We knew how we felt about the last album, but weren't sure how it would be received by listeners," explains MC Esoteric. "But 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."
Inspectah Deck adds, "Czarface is like the Danger Room for the X-Men, I can use all my weapons on there. When I'm in Wu-Tang, I have to come a certain way because we have a certain style of fan, when I'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."
The fighting analogy - whether drawn from pugilism or '80s wrestling, both which figure into Every Hero Needs A Villain - 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, "All 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."
On the production side, 7L shows yet again - as he did with the group's debut - 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 wasn't enough, the double LP comes packaged with "Death & Abduction," a comic written by Esoteric, and has an explosive, comic-book-inspired cover by L'amour Supreme (Mishka NYC).LP1
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
1. When Gods Go Mad (feat. Gza)
2. Ka-bang! (feat. Mf Doom)
3. Deadly Class (feat. Meyhem Lauren)
4. Escape From Czarkham Asylum
6. Good Villains Go Last (feat. Ra The Rugged Man)$27.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now