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Fresh off of their collaboration with Marvel Comics, Czarface has not only delivered a new audio adventure complete with narration, it has given us an extra-large, full color, action-packed 24 page comic book with it, housed in a beautiful gatefold jacket! In the spirit of the highly sought after Power Records series from the 70’s, you can read along with the comic and hear the story come to life on vinyl with this Record Store Day release. Now the group has unveiled pages from the Gilberto Aguirre Mata-illustrated comic.

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The first weapon drawn in a conflict is language, but the first weapon drawn for Czarface is the music. Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck & Esoteric carved a niche for Czarface with venomous vocals, but the musical production is their super power. Powered by the trademark sound of The Czar-Keys, a sound that’s been developed since Czarface’s first LP in 2013, “First Weapon Drawn” serves as the soundtrack to Czarface’s mysterious origin.  Look for “First Weapon Drawn” as part of Record Store Day on April 22nd.

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Czarface (Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric) is back! Fresh off the heels of their “All In Together Now” collaboration with Marvel Comics the trio continues to combine music and art with their latest release A Fistful of Peril, which will be released on 11-4-2016.

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 graffiti legend Rast RFC joining forces with Czarface as they weave their way through a mind-bending array of varying beats. Other features on the album include Conway The Machine on “Machine, Man & Monster” and AOTP’s Blacastan on “Tarantulas.” Another one of the album’s highlights is “Dare Iz A Darkseid” (inspired by Deck’s in-studio stories of being on the road with Red & Meth) which along with “Talk That Talk” is the perfect balance of wit and humor that make up the core of Czarface.

 

Czarface Share New Track Destined To Appear On Marvel’s Black Panther Revival & Forthcoming Czarface album Fistful Of Peril

Marvel Comics continues to present this year’s breakout Marvel Super Hero – the Black Panther – through a monthly video series that continues to link the world of comics and hip-hop blending animated comics along with commentary from Black Panther writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Additionally, “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Part Five” is launching the brand new track, “All In Together Now” by Czarface.

Czarface began as a collaborative project between Boston’s Esoteric & 7L and Wu-Tang’s Inspectah Deck. The project has turned into a musical beast of its own with fans clamoring for more of what the trio brings: gritty Hip-Hop done with an abundance of flavor.

Within Marvel Comics’ Black Panther, written by The Atlantic national correspondent and National Book Award winner, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Pantherconfronts a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before! When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt — but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change?

Continuing the excitement surrounding Marvel’s celebrated Super Hero T’Challa, the Black Panther, the latest episode of this revolutionary multi-artist hip-hop-inspired video series samples a brand new track, “All In Together Now” by Czarface.

“The backbone of Hip-Hop is its authenticity, its realness, yet magically it blends with the escapism of superheroes seamlessly, and the regal Black Panther is a perfect vessel for them to combine,” said Esoteric of Czarface.

 

 

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Best Albums (in alpahbetical order):
Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1
They’re back. Rejoice.

 

Circus Devils – Stomping Grounds
Circus Devils aren’t for everyone. So what?

 

Czarface – Every Hero Needs a Villian
Superheroes, beats and spitting.

 

Andy Gabbard – Fluff
Guitar, brah. Guitar.

 

Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
The soundtrack to being 30-something.

 

Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers
Portastatic, Superchunk, Go Back Snowball – whatever the name, I’m in if Mac’s in.

 

Motel Beds – Mind Glitter
Full disclosure: I work for them. Doesn’t change a thing.

 

High on Fire – Luminiferous
The time is nigh. Enter in.

 

Liturgy – The Ark Work
Amazing explorations in black metal.

 

Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Devastatingly heavy while simultaneously beautiful.

 

Best Reissue: Leatherface – Razorblades and Asprin
These albums have all been out-of-print and prohibitively over-priced for too long.

 

Best Comic: Descender
Getting impatient waiting for the next issue of Saga? Descender is more then a stop-gap as Lemire remains one of the best writers working today.

 

Best Game: Mysterium
Like Clue for adults. If marketed correctly, this could reach Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne levels of popularity.

 

Best Show: Difficult People
Billy Eichner’s characters can seem so larger then life, it’s fun to see a more toned down version here. The casting is amazing and so is the writing. Hardly a misstep.

 

Best Podcast: We Watch Wrestling
Matt, Vince and Tom are equal parts ambassadors and sherpas into the world of professional wrestling. They’re really funny too. Sometimes the guys go pretty deep down the rabbit hole of explaining their last trip to PWG, but it’s understandable – seeing PWG live sounds incredible.

You wanted the best, you got the best! Ghettoblaster #41 is here and it’s a double cover with High On Fire on the front and Murs on the back. There’s also interviews with Prefuse73Built to SpillFailureDesaparecidos,METZLyrics Born, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mac McChaughan, Shilpa RayMega RanHeartless Bastardscourtney barnettLightning Bolt, comedians Jen Kirkman and Kyle KinaneDonnie Yen‘s new film Kung Fu Jungle, the new Batman: Arkham Knight game, a 3-page comic review of the Nelsonville Music Festival and so, so, so much more! 

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One of my favorite titles from the Marvel catalog back in the day was Marvel Team-Up, a monthly release that featured Spider-Man teaming up with any other character from the Marvel Universe to take on a mutual nemesis. Although the team up was temporary it would always leave me thinking about the possibilities of a super-group emerging from the short affiliation. In some ways that very same reflection has been fulfilled in the hip-hop world with Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric collaborating on the self titled CZARFACE album. Ok, maybe “super group” is a little premature right now. But here I am contemplating, is this what we’ve been waiting for in the hip-hop universe? A combination of two iconic MC’s and a producer who have been up against an industry turned inside out? Hells yeah!!! CZARFACE in its purest form is easy to explain. It’s a no holds barred, straight forward hip-hop album! A lot of people these days are still looking for the second coming in the hip-hop world or some sort of avant-garde event that can be labeled as the poster child for the next trendy-trend. Want to know why the assholes you hear all day on the radio are on the radio? Because you keep listening to them on the radio! Go and support real hip-hop and start right here with CZARFACE! Production on the album was primarily handled by 7L; the only other guest producer worthy for the project was DJ Premier who murders the heavy banger, “Let It Off”.  Cameos on the album feature the likes of Roc Marciano, Oh No, Action Bronson, Mr. MFN Exquire, Cappadonna, Vinnie Paz and finally who else can kick down the door on this project with a cameo like Mr. Tony Starks aka Ghostface Killah. I was able to get up with Esoteric for this feature shortly after the release of this album.

 One thing you can’t deny is that first and foremost the album is a banging collaborative project. “In late 2010 or so, the album started to formulate, we  just wrapped up the 1212album, Deck was on that album on the “12th Chamber” track, and he wanted some beats.  7L had an idea of putting the two us together in the studio and banging out a quick EP on the low, just leaking it out there and not really promoting it. Just to put it out there to kind of let it do its own thing and make it this unique under promoted, mysterious record. From there we started to realize we have something we could put out there and sell and make it as big as we can.” Deck being from Staten Island and 7L and Esoteric being from Massachusetts I wondered how they worked out the production. Esoteric asserts that traveling from Boston and NY was something they maintained fairly evenly, with 7L making most of the beats in Boston and most of the vocals being laid down in NYC. “We went out to Remedy’s spot out in Staten Island, we also hit up Code Red studios.”

With the cover alone CZARFACE is smashing previous comic book inspired hip-hop album covers. “That was basically the angle I really wanted to take with the album. When we decided to make a collaborative record together we needed a name. Some things weren’t really sticking and then I came up with the name CZARFACE, which would be this character that represented the three of us. I’m an old school Marvel Comics head, so I wanted the cover to be a Jack Kirby inspired presentation. I reached out to Lamour Supreme who can do art in that vein, and he was happy to do it and help bring CZARFACE to life.” Glad to know Esoteric is a Marvel Comics head, growing up in NYC it was a rite of passage being a Marvel reader. Although DC was out there, Marvel just took you where you needed to go. “I’m much more of a Marvel head than I am DC reader, but my son is four years old and his favorite super hero is Batman. So I have a weak spot for Batman.” Esoteric’s son actually makes a little cameo on the album; “believe it or not he thinks that CZARFACE is a real character. He sees the artwork in the house and he has all these questions like, dad who does CZARFACE fight? So I have to keep up this story of CZARFACE.”

For all you archivists out there if you weren’t already up on it, the release of this CZARFACE CD comes with unique packaging, which includes a full color pop out of our main character. That’s a first for me, seeing a pop-up like that totally puts to sleep any notion that buying a CD in this digital age is obsolete. The pop-up alone warrants the CD purchase!  “Yeah man that was part of the idea too, we wanted to make something special, apart from the music, which people would want to have, like the collector’s and so forth.” The idea of pop-up was a collective one; it was something they wanted to make happen. Even if doing something like a pop-up would be extra leg work. “I presented an outline of how we wanted it to Lamour, to make sure it would operate correctly and he pretty much made it happen.” In developing packaging like this they not only keep the CD collector’s thirst quenched but they also make a point for those that will want to just rip it off of the internet or buy it off of iTunes. “It’s sold out now; we’re already repressing a second edition, a digi-pack variance cover of the album, but it doesn’t have the pop-up. Some stores may still have it, but the pop-up edition is about to be sold out completely. We’re also working on an action figure of CZARFACE, so we kind of went berserk with all the extra incentives with this album.

With the sequence of the whole album there’s almost no way one wouldn’t expect a sequel. “I’m all for it, it’s in the cards. I know that Deck said that it could be possible. We’re trying to see what the feedback for this one will be which has been pretty positive so far.” So things are definitely looking good peoples! As far as touring CZARFACE is currently locking down a west coast tour and after that should be locking down a European tour. “We just did our release show in Boston and that was a great turn out, Deck carries weight on his own, and we’ve been doing our thing and now as a group we just hope we can get the same turn out and sell-out all the venues we hit up!!!” Be on the lookout for CZARFACE in a hood near you. Excelsior…