Czarface - Every Hero Needs A Villain (Clear Vinyl Bundle)
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CZARFACE - Wu-Tang founding MC Inspectah Deck and veteran duo 7L & Esoteric are back with their sophomore album ‘Every Hero Needs A Villain’ featuring MF Doom, Method Man, GZA, R.A The Rugged Man, JuJu (The Beatnuts), Large Professor and Meyhem Lauren!
-70+ page Hardcover Casebook CD, with cover art by L'Amour Supreme (Mishka NYC), full lyrics, and debut Czarface comic 'Death & Abduction'
-2xLP on limited clear vinyl with full size 'Death & Abduction' comic book
-Czarface Sticker Sheet, with 12 stickers of art from L'Amour Supreme and Alfredo Rico-Dimas (only available at Get On Down, as part of this bundle)
-Limited t-shirt (only available at Get On Down, as part of this bundle)
In 2013, the trio appeared relatively unassumingly with their self-titled debut, which was chiefly produced by DJ 7L and included guests ranging from Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna to Vinnie Paz, Action Bronson and Roc Marciano. The soon-to-be acclaimed 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. Several pressings of the album on CD, 2-LP and even cassette later, they 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. I love when i can just spit freely and just be an MC.”
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 is 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 and Spada4 show yet again – as with the group’s debut – to be a stellar team, as they provide hard, funky and alternatingly ominous backdrops for the assembled MCs to use as lyrical luge paths.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s all iced with a ridiculously intricate and beefy 70-plus page, hardcover CD casebook with lyrics and extensive artwork by Gilberto Aguirre Mata (El Ultimo Codice) and L’amour Supreme, and with with “Death & Abduction,” a comic written by Esoteric; and an explosive, comic-book-inspired cover by L’amour Supreme (Mishka NYC).
1. DON THE ARMOR
3. LUMBERJACK MATCH
4. NIGHTCRAWLER feat. METHOD MAN
5. WORLD PREMIER feat. LARGE PROFESSOR
6. THE GREAT (CZAR GUITAR)
7. RED ALERT
8. JUNKYARD DOGS feat. JUJU OF THE BEATNUTS
9. SGT. SLAUGHTER
10. WHEN GODS GO MAD feat. GZA
11. KA-BANG! feat. MF DOOM
12. DEADLY CLASS feat. MEYHEM LAUREN
13. ESCAPE FROM CZARKHAM ASYLUM
15. GOOD VILLAINS GO LAST feat. RA THE RUGGED MAN