Valley + Fish = CAGEFACE – 23.03.13

Well the deadlines have been piling up lately and this weekend I find myself in the late rush for my final deadline of the year on Wednesday, it being my girlfriends birthday weekend as well though, means I’m left with little time to get anything done, hence why my first Saturday weekly update is being done on a Sunday.

It’s been a fairly uneventful week unfortunately, as funds drop to haunting levels university life always becomes a massive amount more mundane and this term has been no different. It comes to the point where the next loan seems like the gold at the end of a rainbow of horror, even buying food is traumatic. Still the blog has come on in the midst of the madness and what has arisen from the chaos is the birth of my CAGE RAGE season which you may have read about in last week’s update, it’s going to be an ongoing season where I review of all of Nicolas Cage’s movies, but for more info head over to the page which I’ve set up to anchor all the reviews here. And this week I’ve also managed to get the first two parts of the mission done with reviews of Valley Girl and Rumble Fish. On top of that I reviewed hip-hop record Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric = CZARFACE which provided a nice frame for my title this week so hope you enjoy.

As far as other stuff goes there’s not a huge amount to talk of, however, the highlight of the week was probably watching Maniac on Wednesday so I’ll leave you with the trailer for that and will be reviewing it at some point in the week, there’ll also be more to come from CAGE RAGE.

Inspectah Deck + 7L & Esoteric = CZARFACE

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Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck joins forces with underground rappers 7L and Esoteric to create Czarface, probably the most refreshing hip-hop record in years. I stumbled across the album on iTunes and was taken aback by how special it actually was. They combine old school hip hop techniques with more recent styles and the result is a breath of fresh air for the whole of hip hop music, in my opinion.

The record is not littered with samples like a large amount of popular hip hop nowadays, it instead takes the somewhat old fashioned approach of bringing the actual rapping to the fore, the beats being laid underneath in such a way that no limelight is taken off the lyrics. The album has a running theme of superheroes with the likes of Batman, Iron Man, etc. popping up at various points and the trio have created this character the ‘Czarface’ based on these more well known creations, in doing this its given the guys a fresh way of delivering old school raps, where they reference the things that they love and make brash claims about being the greatest in the world. The art work, of course, ties in with this and I think it just looks fucking sick, giving the whole concept of the album a picture that we can all relate to and therefore engage with the record in a much better way. While the rapping is the stand out factor it would be wrong for me to completely discount how good the production is here too, I’m sure if these guys wanted they could’ve used the same beats more prominently and the tracks would still be excellent, making the decision to have them as a bottom layer to each song even more inspired since so much work have obviously gone into them. It is clear here that everyone involved is just out to create the music they were brought up on and bring it back the way it should be. Czarface is coming for you, let’s hope this isn’t the only thing we hear from him.