Czarface is the hip hop / comic supergroup of 7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang Clan. This side project has mushroomed into 13 studio LPs, EPs and a few Record Store Day releases featuring MF DOOM, Ghostface Killah, DMC (from RUN DMC), Del the Funky Homosapien and many others. It’s unique hip hop swimming in pop culture references, Star Wars, comics, classic cartoon / wrestling samples and some incredible beats. After MF DOOM’s death, it was unclear where they band would go and they have come back swinging with their new record CZARMAGEDDON!
To say Czarface is an acquired taste is an understatement. Their comic and pop culture references are overwhelming at times, while the stream of consciousness rhyme style is difficult to follow and is better experienced in a Zen like trance. Czarlaac Pit is everything I love about Czarface in one track. First of all, the title is the most Czarface title ever. They manage to throw a Star Wars reference with the word “Czar” in it, much like the bar about putting you in “Czarbonite” in Mando Calrissian. Complete with Whilhelm screams, lazer shots and countless samples from wrestling and 70s TV shows, this track is pure uncut Czar. 7L brings it with some tight electric sitar beats, which gives the track a 70s action exploitation movie vibe and some explosive energy.
The stream of consciousness rhyming is on high with some fire bars. It starts with Czar talking about how “his team sees more Gs than a Gucci store.” Frankie Pulitzer jumps right in like he has been with Czar for decades and fits right in with the chaos. This track does not have a deeper meaning or some metaphor about race / trauma, but is more like a lyrical rollercoaster during an acid trip.
Above all else, Czarface is a fun ride that you have to experience. Much like the comics they draw on for inspiration, Czarface jumps between multiverses so quickly you have hip hop whiplash. This is one of the most diverse eras for hip hop and Czarface harkens back to a time when you can bob your head to some tight bars and crazy beats without diving in for greater meaning. I love this group. Czarface is here to save the world and his special power is unadulterated joy.
Listen to The Czarlaac Pit