Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck has announced Czarface 2, a collaborative project with 7L & Esoteric, a follow-up to the trio’s February release, Czarface.
“We working on that right now,” Inspectah Deck said in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “Shout outs to my man 7L and my nigga, the Esoteric. We working on that right now.”
During the interview, Inspectah Deck also discussed the group’s reasons for returning to the studio for a second release.
“A lot of people dug that joint,” Deck said. “It hit #36 on Billboard Top 100. You know what I’m saying? It was making noise. It’s still making noise. People still love that album. But you know when the distributors came through, they always want to do another deal. So they came back to the table with us and hopefully we can take this one to new heights.”
Czarface was released via Brick Records and Fly Casual Creative. The album featured production from 7L and DJ Premier. The album also featured guest spots from Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson, Roc Marciano and Cappadonna. The project gained critical acclaim, including a 4 out of 5 review on HipHopDX.
“It all just came together at the right time, and the whole Czarface thing was supposed to be a hero to save Hip Hop,” Deck said in the February HipHopDX exclusive. “I didn’t really have the whole cartoon, comic book vision all in my head at that time. I sat down with Esoteric, he brought that thought to light and I thought that would be a good idea. A lot of the real Hip Hop heads, the true school Hip Hop generation, they know what that cover’s all about. We grew up with those comic books, some of us are still die-hard fans of that, and I thought bringing that together with just being the classic Hip Hop beats and rhymes of the ’90s and before. I thought that combination was going to bring something to the game. I think Czarface is the blue-collar album of Rap right now. I think it’s the Detroit Pistons when they won with Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace and them. They really had no star but the whole team was blue-collar, and everybody gave that effort.
“I think this is one of those underdog albums that, when the smoke clears from all of those big guns going off, you’re still going to hear these shots going,” Deck continued. “I listened to the project really head-to-toe for the first time the other day and I’m like, ‘It sounds good man.’ Just let it play from beginning to end, that’s how we used to do when we had cassette tapes, just let it roll then go to the other side. I think this is one of those personally, just listening to the sound I think. We leaked three songs—the one with Roc Marciano [‘Cement 3’s‘], the one with Action Bronson [‘It’s Raw’] and the one [‘Shoguns’] with Vinnie Paz. I believe that created a real buzz for it right now, so it’s getting good feedback and a good vibe. I think this is one of the smart choices for 2013.”