Adrian Younge & Ghostface Killah at the Gramercy Theater NYC 5/13/13

If you were lucky enough to catch this show you know that it was a banger!!! Twelve Reasons to Die is available now, look for it, but be careful of the Ghostface Killaaahhhhh…..

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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 (who is also about to drop a team-up project of his own). I was able to get up with Esoteric for this feature shortly after the release of this album. Continue reading