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Inspectah Deck/7L & Esoteric [extended]

  • Uncontrolled Substance [Loud, 1999] **
  • A New Dope [Babygrande, 2006] A-
  • Esoteric vs. Japan: Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo [Fly Casual, 2008] *
  • Serve or Suffer [Fly Casual, 2009] Dud
  • Czarface [Brick/Fly Casual, 2013] *

See Also:

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Inspectah Deck: Uncontrolled Substance [Loud, 1999]
Foot soldiers' tales ("Movas & Shakers," "Elevation"). **

7L & Esoteric: A New Dope [Babygrande, 2006]
In which the Boston duo, known insofar as they're known at all for Premier-they-wish beats and metaphor-is-murder battle rhymes, lightens up on a basically satirical CD. "Get Dumb" sets the intellectually hyphy tone: "Billie Holiday he's the best/That cool band Beck is touring out West," or, "Bin Laden he's only bluffin'/She's on the pill so I won't catch nothin'." Esoteric treats himself to lists, similes and sexual contretemps. 7L injects scratches and drum breaks into Middle Eastern flutes, porn loops and suspense-movie music. Indie-rap lives. A-

7L & Esoteric: Esoteric vs. Japan: Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo [Fly Casual, 2008]
Action-figure manga-rap at its most toon ("Mecha Mecha," "Gigantor Says Anything"). *

7L & Esoteric: Serve or Suffer [Fly Casual, 2009] Dud

Czarface [Brick/Fly Casual, 2013]
Anti-mixtape features foldout of the comic-book supervillain it invents and celebrates, also some professional-grade hip-hop ("Savagely Attack," "Rock Beast," "Let It Off") *