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Album Review: The Odd Czar Against Us by CZARFACE

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CZARFACE is a hip hop collective formed by hip hop duo 7L & Esoteric, as well as Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck. CZARFACE has had an eventful year, starting off with CZARFACE Meets Ghostface, which is a collaborative project between CZARFACE and Ghostface Killah from Wu-Tang Clan. CZARFACE also dropped an instrumental album titled Double Dose of Danger (which I was able to snag on Record Store Day this year!) and the album I am going to be reviewing, The Odd Czar Against Us. While I just discovered CZARFACE last year, they definitely reminded me of MF DOOM, with the comic book-like characters. Both also use some amazing samples and instrumentals.

The first track off the album is Bizarro which starts off with some record scratches and a voice sample. It's an interesting instrumental with some distorted, dropping bass notes. They also throw in some other high-pitched video game-like beats. Both Inspectah Deck and Esoteric deliver some decent bars, especially with some mentions of Rick & Morty as well as Tom Segura.

The next track is Call Me which offers a strange, but entertaining reggae beat. On this beat, they want this person to call them for a variety of reasons. This could be talking about how many people would prefer a simple text or instant message rather than calling a person. There are still some people that would prefer a call, but with the ever-advancing world of technology, a lot of people would prefer a text message.

After that, we have The Gift That Keeps On... The bass instrumental is oddly reminiscent of some of the tracks from Double Dose of Danger. Overall, it's a chill beat that you can sit back and relax after a long day. During the track, they mention a lot of gospel and church-related content.

Me's Company has a retro feeling to it, with an odd electronic backing sample. The flow and delivery on this track keep on switching up so they never stay in a repetitive loop. Besides the strange electronic backing sample, the chorus is definitely another highlight of the track.

The next track, Dear Computer, has a surprise feature from Kendra Morris. This track is basically an open letter to all the negative things about the internet. The first verse talks about how everybody tries to get their quick second of fame and the dangers of these social influencers, especially since they could try to promote a dangerous product. The second verse talks more about the negative news media and how almost everything portrayed in society has been negative.

Burrito is a quick fun track thrown into the mix. During the track, he talks about ordering food, probably a burrito as the track implies. However, after he eats, let's just say things don't turn out for the best. There really isn't any specific pattern for this track, he just gives us a quick story about this food experience.

After that, we go to Brother Czarquis. This is surprisingly one of the longer tracks on the album, just clocking in over three minutes long. There's a distorted bass note that is repeated throughout the track with a female vocalist in the background.

Another silly and joke track on this album is Couch. A lot of these joke tracks on this album are actually pretty solid and put together well. There is a sample of either a commercial or an old TV show at the beginning of the track. These samples are also sprinkled out throughout the track. The artist basically talks about relaxing during the weekend and having nothing else to do.

Next, we have Double Dragon. Inspectah Deck and Esoteric use some of their most unique verses and deliveries off of the entire album. However, the beat is pretty forgettable on this track. It doesn't really show the potential of the producer.

The Problem with Frank is a bass-heavy, hard-hitting track. On this track, they're talking about Frank Castle, who is a fictional character known as The Punisher. Since CZARFACE uses a lot of comic book-style art, it is only appropriate for them to mention a Marvel character.

Dog is a strange track featuring several different vintage tracks. It definitely shows off their producer's creative style, but one track that I don't really enjoy. Nothing completely wrong with it, but it does get repetitive after a while.

Finally, to end the album we have Czartis Gilmore (The Cool Down). The last track is a chill and laid back track to end the album. I would have expected something more energetic, but not going to complain about this track since the beat isn't that bad.

I really don't have any specific things to say about any track, but as an overall album, I wasn't specifically pleased. A lot of these tracks are not memorable and it just seems like a bump in their discography. A lot of these tracks don't seem to mesh well together and it just seems like a bunch of tracks thrown together. This could be a quick album to tide fans over until their new huge project, but I really don't see myself remembering most of these tracks by name.
Overall Rating: 6/10
Favorite Tracks: The Gift That Keeps On..., Burrito

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