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.
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 my
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; just the first surprise
within the CD's packaging. The disc is housed in a handsome 6 panel hi gloss
wallet that when folded out reveals a 3D 'Pop-Up book' style figure of
Supreme's rendering of the soon to be classic 'Hip Hop Anti- Hero.'
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