CZARFACE (Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) is back! Fresh off the heels of their collaboration with Marvel Comics the trio continues to combine music and art with their latest release “A Fistful of Peril.”
The back story of this album begins in the summer while Deck and Esoteric were in the studio recording some new Czarface material. During this time Marvel Comics had reached out to Czarface wanting some music to soundtrack their Black Panther web series, promoting their breakout comic of the same name. This Marvel meeting spawned the lead track “All in Together Now” and served as the primary inspiration for a fleshed-out album that nobody saw coming. The group camped out in the studio playing beats, talking comics, video games, and pop culture….what came about was “A Fistful of Peril.”
Starting the album off with the ARP keyboard odyssey of “Electric Level 1” is like entering the vortex of color and light in Kubrick’s 2001. The aptly titled “Two in the Chest” showcases Deck & Eso’s ability to deliver punchlines and pop culture references with ease over an exceptional bass and guitar combo. “Czar Wars” has the two sparring back and forth bringing that ‘X-Men/Danger Room’ mentality that Deck often to refers to when in Czar-mode. Psycho Les of The Beatnuts steps in on “Dust” while “Lizard City” introduces ‘Czarface Pajamas’. Yes you read that correctly. The off-kilter “Steranko” has Meyhem Lauren and Rast join forces with Czarface as they weave their way through a mind-bending array of varying beats. Other features on the album are Conway on “Machine, Man & Monster” and AOTP’s Blacastan on “Tarantulas.” Another one of the album’s highlights is “Dare Iz A Darkseid” which along with “Talk That Talk” is the perfect balance of wit and humor that make up the core of Czarface.
Building on an already rock solid foundation with two critically acclaimed albums, “A Fistful of Peril” features some of the groups most cohesive material. The chemistry between the hungry-as-ever Deck and Eso overflows as the two mc’s trade lines, humor and plenty of razor sharp lyrics over the backbone of 7L production. “A Fistful of Peril” in a word? “Excelsior!”