Czarface is a hip-hop trio that pulls together the talents of Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric. They love their comic-book / super-hero culture, which comes through both in their fluid lyrics and through the frankly incredible artwork for Every Hero Needs A Villain: a full, 70 page comic book comes with both the CD and the Vinyl.
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- BRK152CD / 70+ page Hardcover Casebook CD on Brick Records feat. GZA, Method Man, MF DOOM etc.
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‘Every Hero Needs a Villain’ is one of the most gleefully old-skool rap records I’ve heard in time, which goes with the territory -- there’s comic book worship, Inspectah Deck, real raw drumbeats and a Doom feature. On their very first track, though, the trio that make up Czarface seem to recognise the limitations of making a throwback record in an era where rap is so vastly different from how it was; maybe I’m reading too far into a bunch of traditional MCs and DJs using the word “hashtag” in the middle of a comic book concept album, but to me it sounds like an attempt to integrate the old with the new.
Inspectah and Esoteric have very time-worn flows, and it shows on ‘Every Hero’; they move their rhymes into place methodically and carry them over lethargic beats, rewound decks and obscure movie samples. It sounds effortless but also incredibly dated, which is either a good or bad thing depending in what you’re looking for. Of course, 7L’s production style is all B-movie cinema, wrestling matches and firmly-placed beats, so there’s not much wiggle room to play with.
‘Every Hero’ is overlong and weaves a deft, irreverent narrative through both verses and estranged samples, but it remains a fun romp through an old hip-hop standard in comics and a nice little celebration of what Inspectah Deck loves doing; as for the features, they’re fine -- Method’s flies by, Doom’s does its job and GZA’s is clearly a few years removed from his best. But if you like East Coast rap and stories about masked men, you’ll like this.
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