Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric – Czarface

Sunday Man Cave Series, Part 5

Inspectah Deck and Esoteric offer up a fascinating concept album. Czarface is a comic book-style hero here to save hip hop. Awesome beats, great flow of the main acts, all the special guests, even the awesome cover art, make this a must-have. This project nails it completely.

There’s real wit here, and all the melody, violence and reality that thematically makes good hip hop strong. This likely sailed past most people, but it’s better than many.

 

From Wiki: “The album features guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Oh No, Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Cappadonna and Vinnie Paz. The album’s production comes from 7L, Spada4 and DJ Premier.”

Posted on 2016-12-02, in posts by aaron and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Tangled Up In Music

    Inspectah Deck is Wu’s most underrated member, and maybe, just maybe, the actual best of them all. His verse on Triumph still blows my mind.

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    • I didn’t know there was any Wu member who was underrated! 🙂 This is a great record, for sure. And Triumph is a superb track!

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      • Tangled Up In Music

        Deck never had a solo career like the others. In fact, most of his albums up to the Czarface collabs were viewed as really bad. RZA was supposed to produce him a solo album in the first 94-96 run (where Raekwon, GZA, ODB, Method and Ghostface all had albums) but he lost most beats in a flood at his studio. One of the hip-hop tragedies, if you ask me. I’m actually thinking of writing an article on Deck in 2017.

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  2. Sod the music – just dig that brilliant cover!!

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    • The music is as excellent as the cover, Dude. Well-worth a punt if you see it in the shops!

      I don’t own it (yet) but there is a second volume, as well!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Every_Hero_Needs_a_Villain

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    • You’d dig the Meth, Ghost & Rae Wu- Massacre album from a few years back for that very reason.

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      • I want to go deeper into all of the individual artist’s records, but it’s a damn slippery slope and there is a TON of stuff out there. It’d get costly pretty damn fast! But thanks for the recommend. I looked it up, and yup. Right up my street!

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        • The issue is there’s no consistency with the solo releases. Some stellar albums, but also some that are pretty unremarkable.

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          • Is it that some members are better than others on solo records? Or are the albums patchy sometimes no matter who did them?

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            • I’m of the opinion that there isn’t enough consistency from any of the Wu when it comes to solo stuff. All incredibly talented with loads of really great tracks, but the albums are rarely as great, or as good, as they should be.

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              • Hm. I was looking up reviews of some of them and folks are usually divided between love and hate. Shame, that. Together they are so huge…

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                • I wouldn’t say there’s anything to hate, but I think it’s just a bit patchy. GZA is probably the most consistent and while my favourite is Ghostface and I dig all his stuff, I’d be a fool to say it’s all great. Good stuff there, often fun, but ultimately a bit hit or miss.

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                  • I saw Liquid Swords at my local shite HMV as a 3-for $15 deal. Imagine they could sell that AMAZING record for (if you got the deal) for $5. That’s insane.

                    I don’t own any Ghostface solo stuff. It’s on my list!

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                    • Ghostface solo is often great… and often patchy. Ironman, Supreme Clientele, FishScale are all brilliant. Big Doe Rehab and Apollo Kids have great moments, and Twelve Reasons To Die is also a pretty great concept album. Then you should look at the misunderstood awesome of Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry. Yas.

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                    • Holy crap, I’ve got A LOT of catching up to do!

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