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  • Artist(s): Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric
  • Summary: The second collaboration between Czarface, Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric features guest appearances from GZA, Juju of the Beatnuts, Large Professor, Method Man, Meyhem Lauren, MF Doom, and R.A. The Rugged Man.
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  1. Aug 27, 2015
    80
    There’s enough originality, guile, and plain old-school hip-hop verve here to make this stand on its own.
  2. Jun 18, 2015
    80
    Those beats prove to be a dynamic soundtrack for Esoteric and Deck's shameless, endlessly entertaining punch lines, which are bizarrely charming enough to leave you rooting for the bad guy.
  3. Jun 18, 2015
    80
    That theme stays consistent, but our heroes are far from complacent. Indeed, much credit goes to 7L, whose inventive productions provides cannon fodder for the rappers to blast apart with witty punch lines, clever metaphors, and agile flows.
  4. Jun 18, 2015
    70
    On their self-titled debut, they were having fun. This time, they had fun but with focus.
  5. Jun 18, 2015
    70
    Every Hero Needs a Villain is simply an enjoyable listening experience that any longtime Hip Hop fan is sure to appreciate.
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  1. Jul 22, 2015
    10
    This album is a breath of fresh air from the poisonous, commercial hip-hop that fills the industry today. It's great fun from start to finish,This album is a breath of fresh air from the poisonous, commercial hip-hop that fills the industry today. It's great fun from start to finish, and the performances from MC's Inspectah Deck (ex Wu-Tang) and Esoteric are hard as nails.

    The antihero idea of Czarface is brilliant and the sketches are very witty. I've heard that the vinyl edition is specially pressed and comes with a 70 page comic book! Great additions.

    7L's production and beats are right on point. His inventive use of samples and nods to the golden days of hip-hop are very effective and the MCs' energetic performances help bring this production alive.

    If you're sick of rappers lecturing you about their humble beginnings and then how they became dirty rich and are now the king of the world and superior to everyone and so on and so forth, this is certainly for you.

    Favourite track is 'Junkyard Dogs'. Love the sketch in the middle: I realized the guy strapped over the mailbox looked kinda familiar. So I asked him, "hey, do I know you?" And he said, "oh, well indeed you might."

    But most of these tracks are great. My second best rap album this year behind To Pimp A Butterfly. 10/10
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  2. Jun 25, 2015
    10
    While this album may not bring social consciousness or anything too deep, it is a really fun album with incredible lyricism, beats that areWhile this album may not bring social consciousness or anything too deep, it is a really fun album with incredible lyricism, beats that are bangers and some amazing guest features from the likes of Method Man, MF Doom and R.A the Rugged Man. Expand
  3. Dec 31, 2015
    9
    Inspektah Deck, 7L and Esoteric really knocked it out of the park with an original, dynamic rap album, full with lush beats and a competentInspektah Deck, 7L and Esoteric really knocked it out of the park with an original, dynamic rap album, full with lush beats and a competent list of rappers that not only deliver, but smash expectations.

    The first half of the album delivers songs like "Nighcrawler" ft. Method Man and "World Premier" ft. Large Professor that bump in the whip on cranked at 11. But it doesn't end there, as the second half of the album turns savage with "When Gods Go Mad" ft. GZA and the 8 minute long entertaining "Escape from Czarkham Asylum" that never loses steam with multiple beat switches.

    Even the skits on this album are pure gold and worth a listen, especially the one towards the end of "Sinister".

    This album is nothing but 55 minutes of pure spitting and hard hitting beats. An essential listen for every Hip Hop head and fan of the genre in general.

    Fav Tracks: Nightcrawler, World Premier, Sinister, Escape From Czarkham Asylum
    Least Fav Track: Deviated Septums (But it's only a digital exclusive bonus track, so...)
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  4. Jun 28, 2015
    8
    A wonderful fun album with some of the coolest artwork and packaging of any album that has ever come out. If you're somewhat familiar withA wonderful fun album with some of the coolest artwork and packaging of any album that has ever come out. If you're somewhat familiar with rap, think of this album as a cross between MF DOOM and Wu-Tang Clan. If that sounds interesting to you at all then definitely check this album out.
    The vinyl edition comes with an awesome 70+ page comic book and a bunch of stickers. The songs on this thing are just great. Standouts for me are: Czartacus, Lumber Jack Match, Nightcrawler ft Method Man, World Premier ft Large Professor, The Great (Czar Guitar), When Gods Go Mad ft Gza, Ka-Bang! ft MF Doom, Escape From Czarkham Asylum, Sinister
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