7L & Esoteric have been grinding in Boston for over a decade. Inspectah Deck is a player in the most powerful hip hop crew of all time. It’s only fitting they get together and blast off. While fashion and frenetic trap beats may be dominating the popular conscience, hip hop fans aren’t waiting for “the return of boom bap” because it never left. Czarface is gritty affair that captures a timeless sense of history without rubbing your nose in a pile of golden era bullshit. It’s the simple science of beats and rhymes.
Czarface’s 14 tracks are rock solid east-coast blueprints. 7L (with help from Spada4 and DJ Premier) is in top form, making sure you hear every snare and cymbal crash. Guest spots from Roc Marciano, Mr. MFN eXquire and Action Bronson will keep the kids table quiet at dinner time, but it’s the grown man wordplay between Esoteric and the Rebel INS that carries the real weight.
The concept is as obvious as the cover art. Assemble then target the evil and tear it down. You can decide for yourself who’s in the cross hairs.