CZARFACE (Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric) ft. MF DOOM – ‘Ka-Bang!’


Two years after releasing their brilliant self-titled album, CZARFACE – comprised of Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric – will return with their new album this summer.

Due to hit shelves this week, the forthcoming LP, Every Hero Needs A Villain, includes guest appearances from Method Man, Meyhem Lauren, GZA, Large Professor, JuJu of The Beatnuts, RA The Rugged Man and MF Doom. Ahead of next week’s release, we’ve been afforded another taste of what to expect in the shape of ‘Ka-Bang!’ featuring the latter, MF Doom. It is a banging hip-hop track as the title suggests, with the emcees going for it, to the back drop of snappy beats, flourished of eastern touches and some superhero-sampling from radio comic book adventures. With less than a week to go till the new album is with us, it is another top notch taster to get us even more excited. Czarface’s debut was an utterly fantastic record and thankfully it appears as though they’ve lost none of that zip, gloss or bounce that contributed to its greatness.

Every Hero Needs A Villain is out June 16th through Brick Records. You can pre-order the album here or just listen to ‘Ka-Bang!’ below.

Czarface Return with ‘Deadly Class’ feat. Meyhem Lauren



CZARFACE are back!

After murmurs that we could expect an album at some point this year, CZARFACE, the collaborative trio of Inspectah Deck, Esoteric and 7L, are preparing their return with a new album, called Every Hero Needs A Villain.

The forthcoming record with follow their stellar self-titled debut, which is hands down one for the best and most enjoyable records of recent years. The first glimpse from the new album, which is due later this year through Brick Records, comes in the form of ‘Deadly Class’. Joined by Meyhem Lauren, it is a slick slice of ’90s–style hip-hop. Lyrically it’s sublime, verse after verse of complex rhymes and similes unfold as Inspectah Deck works his production wizardry over the snappy yet meaty drum-work, horns and Middle Eastern style guitar. It would appear that they have lost none of that zip, gloss or bounce that made their debut such an unbelievably great record and an unenviable proposition to follow up.

No exact release date as yet for Every Hero Needs A Villain but suggestions are some time this summer – till then – there is ‘Deadly Class’. Check it below!

‘Czarface’ (7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck)

The ’90s is often cited as the golden age of hip hop and while this is a debate best left to another, it was this decade that thrust the likes of Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mos Def and J5 upon me. In doing so, it opened up a new and wonderful world before me. 

So, away from the trip down memory lane and back to the here and now. Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric have come together as ‘Czarface’ and in doing so, taken ’90s East Coast Hip Hop as a blueprint, run it through the gauntlet and brought it right up to date. This is hip hop that makes you bop, with beats that have more bloody bounce than Zebedee. 7L’s production excels as he stitches together bits of dialogue to create a dark, aggressive and sinister subterranean-minded world that suits the two emcees to perfection. Lyrically it is filled with complex rhymes and similes, as Esoteric and Deck deliver verse after verse as a verbal art form. Add to this a pretty stellar supporting cast including Ghostface Killah, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson & Premier, and you’ve got one great record.

Yes it is a bit of a throwback record but it never sounds anything but inspired – enough chatter from me, just give it a go, I implore you. 

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