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Czarface is a collaborative between rapper Inspectah Deck and underground hip hop duo 7L & Esoteric. With the release of their 2013 debut album the 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.


Now they're 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.” 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 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. 

Czarface - Every Hero Needs A Villain (2022 Repress)

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  • 1. Don The Armor

    2. Czartacus

    3. Lumber Jack Match

    4. Nightcrawler

    5. World Premier

    6. The Great (Czar Guitar)

    7. Red Alert

    8. Junkyard Dogs

    9. Sgt Slaughter

    10. When Gods Go Mad

    11. Ka-Bang!

    12. Deadly Class

    13. Escape From Czarkham Asylum

    14. Sinister

    15. Good Villains Go Last

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