Czarface is the supergroup formed by 7L & Esoteric and Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan. The trio worked together in the past, most specifically on 1999’s “Speaking Real Words”—a 7L & Esoteric single.
The rapper and duo came together again in 2010 for a track on 7L & Esoteric’s album 1212. Finally, all three of them joined forces as the supergroup Czarface when they released the self-titled album in 2013. The album was met with critical praise, with publications like HipHopDX and The Source, who praised the album for not placating listeners with positive messages. XXL would give the album a four-star review. The album was inspired by a hero who intends to save hip-hop.
The follow-up, Every Hero Needs a Villain, was released in 2015 and received positive reviews, which included HipHopDX once more, saying “Every Hero Needs a Villain is one of the rare sequels that matches the original in quality.” While the debut album held production by DJ Premier, Every Hero Needs a Villain was produced by 7L and SPADA4. In between albums, Marvel Comics solicited the group to contribute music to the Black Panther web series.
In 2016, the group released A Fistful of Peril, with a follow up in 2017 titled First Weapon Drawn.