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The Five Best Rap Albums of February


Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric, Czarface

Label: Brick Records

Feels Like: A time traveling experience back to Fat Beats Records circa 1996.

Sample-driven production and rhyme gymnastics to construct a boom-bap album has long become a trade of the past. Those clinging to such method make old-man grumbles, and rehash what they (or their idols) have been doing over and over again. Luckily, ever so often, the throwback formula is properly revamped, which is the case for Czarface. Rebel INS—while known for killing his 16s and guest verses—hasn’t been the most consistent on carrying his own throughout a full project. He flicks a middle finger to such notion by commanding verses laced with old pop culture references, along with Esoteric and a string of new-school artists that stick to the East Coast heritage (Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, and Mr. MFN eXquire). 7L’s production complements the MCs verbal spews, making them run on drum speeds at a steady—yet not monotonous—pace. Check out the full review.

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