Czarface is one of those thousands of sub-groups of the mighty Wu-Tang Clan, featuring Esoteric, 7L and Inspectah Deck all working it out together. A Fistful Of Peril grew from a commission from Marvel, and there is a great comic book / pop culture flavour running through these fine funky hip-hop cuts. CD / LP release on Silver Age.
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Nerd rap team Czarface harken back to rap’s comicbook love story via Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck and pal Esoteric, plus production from 7L. Last I heard them on the rather fun ‘Every Hero Needs a Villain’, where they were being gleefully b-movie -- here, I feel like I’m listening to them spin the wheel of pop culture namedrops, shouting out to Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow, the recently departed Vine (RIP), and that Netflix original known as Stranger Things.
The whole thing runs old-school in smooth autopilot, with a chilled but cinematic production from 7L chock full of random samples and momentary turntablism. Inspectah and Esoteric crossover each other to trade references about Peter Jackson movies and shit, the music sounding cartoonishly tense to boot. It’s fun hearing them fuck with the new in shades of the old, with random ad segments made to sound dated while chatting shit about Instagram.
Such is the connection to the Wu-affiliated production of old that the production feels recognisable and even invokes deja-vu in choice moments, such as the beat behind “Machine, Man & Monster”, with its twinkling piano and Western guitar line. It’s a fun record in a style that’s all but dissolved from the limelight, referencing and eulogizing the old-school with verve.
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