Perhaps Inspectah Deck’s quote from his February interview with HipHopDX’s Paul Meara sums it up best. “I guess I underestimated the people’s need to hear something worth listening to,” Deck offered, when pressed to explain why CZARFACE was so well received. With two previous collaborations under their belt already, The Rebel I.N.S., 7L and Esoteric created an ideal for a character that didn’t exist and elbowed their way into a few album of the year conversations with layered flows and production that paid homage to Hip Hop’s bygone boom bap era.

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