Ghostface Killah & CZARFACE Are Making An Album Together. Hear The 1st Single
At the top of the decade, Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck made some of the most remarkable material of his career after he formed a group with Underground Hip-Hop stalwarts 7L & Esoteric. CZARFACE became more than just a super-group of the “Speaking Real Words” collaborators from way back. Modeled after a combined affinity for comic books, the trio stacked a sum arguably greater than its parts in the form of a fictional villain that wreaked havoc with hardcore Hip-Hop.
A handful of albums later, and CZARFACE is certainly a brand that Heads can trust. Moreover, the union provided a unique path for the Rebel I.N.S. While few Clan members have done more for group LPs than Deck, his solo career has not always been a reflection of the stunning vocal talent. With a new universe, the Bronx-born contingent of the Wu has thrived.
After four releases as a trio, in 2018, Deck, Eso’, and 7L invited DOOM to their cypher. Czarface Meets Metal Face was just that, and a strong late 2010s showcase for both parties. It now appears that the rhyme czars are keeping that guest formula going.
Ghostface Killah is joining the fold for 2019’s predictably-titled Czarface Meets Ghostface. G.F.K. was a ground-floor supporter of the New York-to-Boston link dating back to 2013’s “Savagely Attack” (embedded below). Now, he gets down for a full-length 12-song union, as confirmed by Esoteric. The LP drops February 15, 2019, getting some early ink on many Rap fans’ calendars for next year.
First single “Iron Claw” shows the chemistry of wordplay, chips on shoulders, and elite lyricism. Deck kicks off the track with a beat build around knocking drums. A repeat vocal urges “don’t push me” as these MCs back off challengers. Ghost’ spits next, ranting at people who test him. His flows speeds up showing a passion and intensity commonly associated with Tony Starks. Esoteric closes down the rhymes with a more relaxed flow than he is sometimes known for. The beat changes as the New England MC’s verses end.
Heads who follows CZARFACE closely should note that DJ 7L has a production partner on this affair, Jeremy Page. Together, they are the Czar-Keys (perhaps a nod to The Bar-Kays).
#BonusBeat: “Savagely Attack” is worth re-visitation: