Despite his low-key persona, Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck has carved out a unique space as a member of the legendary hip-hop collective, thanks to stand out verses on classics like “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Protect Ya Neck.”
Now, the New York rapper is prepping a new collaborative project with underground icons 7L & Esoteric, dubbed CZARFACE.
With rap fans again craving more substance and less polish, Deck realizes there is a tangible shift taking place — “The industry doesn’t need another well packaged, put together ‘act,’ instead fans are once again gravitating to the seasoned vets and newcomers that are still true to the game.”
With a working history that dates back nearly as far as Wu-Tang’s, 7L & Esoteric are undisputedly Boston and underground hip-hop royalty. The forthcoming CZARFACE offered the duo an opportunity to pick up where they left off over a decade ago with Inspectah Deck, as he joined them on the title track to their revered Speaking Real Words EP (1999).
“Speaking Real Words is one of the many reasons we are now CZARFACE. After doing that song, it was only right we collaborated on a project to cater to the millions of fans that still support hip-hop from the underground,” said Deck about their formation.
With guest appearances from Action Bronson, Mr. Muthaf***in’ eXquire, Roc Marciano and Large Professor, and additional beats from DJ Premier, the upcoming album is highly anticipated.
“We are CZARFACE because they know our faces and they know us for being dope rhyme suppliers, like Tony Montana we are known for our balls and our word; lyrically we will conquer the world and everything in it” states Deck.
“CZARFACE is a vigilante, anti-hero character who serves as the face of the project, and his focus is on annihilating the media darlings that the mainstream caters to,” adds Esoteric.
At press time, a release date for the upcoming project was unknown.