Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Record label: Brick
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock
Inspectah Deck and 7L & EsotericCzarface[Brick Records; 2013]By Chul Gugich; April 4, 2013Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGTweetI grew up on an island, which means that, similar to other people who were reared within the bounds of a relatively isolated region of square mileage, I came to know every little contour in the roads to places I frequented. My school, post office, grocery store, driveway — the profiles in terrain are forever etched in my memory. So even if structures or alterations to those paths are laid subsequently, the recollection will remain, even after the temporal manifestations are long gone.
As much as we praise the virtues instituted in Hip Hop’s golden era, there is increasing proof that East Coast, sample-based music filled with complex rhymes and similes is being relegated to a subgenre. Samples are becoming too expensive to clear. Major media outlets are rewarding artists for simplifying their sound while catering to the lowest common denominator.
7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck :: CZARFACEFly Casual/Brick RecordsAuthor: Matt JostOne look at the cover and you know this is boys rap. What is boys rap, you ask? You know how boys can create the most elaborate figments, fastidiously detailed universes full of heroes and villains. Once they're past a certain age their own imagination may wane but they remain susceptible to relatively simple stories unfolding in spiffed up settings.
There’s something to be said for staying power in hip-hop, and if groups like Wu-Tang and 7L & Esoteric can teach us, it’s that there is aging gracefully in rap. It’s not about changing up your game, or about trying to keep sounding young, but it’s about morphing young braggadocio into mature, considered confidence. It’s this kind of confidence that would make a collaboration between long-time great hip-hop acts like 7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck something to get excited about.
The six billionth living person in the world has just been born. Napster has started to live off the supple flesh of the music industry. Slick Willie has been putting his willie in all the wrong places. The year is 1999, and hip-hop is alive and well. The Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck, along with ….