Sunday, June 7, 2015
Song Of The Week: 6/7/15
Song: "Savagely Attack"
Artist: 7L & Esoteric (featuring Inspectah Deck & Ghostface Killah)
Place Of Origin: Boston, Massachusetts
Years Active: 1996-present
WHAT I THINK THE SONG IS ABOUT:
To know what "Savagely Attack" is about is to know what the album "Czarface" is about. It has a Marvel Comics/superheroes theme about it. All three verses are sort of an ode to the "golden age" of hip hop when it was more about your lyrical skill to kill other emcee's on wax than about your gold, your cars or your money. It's refreshing to hear hip hop like this nowadays. This is how it sounded when it was raw and really from the streets and lyricism was an artform that earned you your respect in hip hop circles. Respect wasn't earned by how much money you had in your pocket or how many albums you sold. It was earned by how good your flow was.
7L & ESOTERIC'S DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):
2001 - "The Soul Purpose" (Landspeed Records)
2002 - "Dangerous Connection" (Brick Records)
2004 - "DC2: Bars Of Death" (Babygrande Records)
2006 - "A New Dope" (Babygrande Records)
2006 - "Dope Not Hype" (mixtape)
2010 - "1212" (Fly Casual Creative Records)
2013 - "Czarface" (Brick Records)
2015 - "Every Hero Needs A Villain" (Brick Records)
CURRENT STATUS OF 7L & ESOTERIC:
7L (the DJ) and Esoteric (the rapper) first met each other back in 1996 as they both worked at a college radio station in Boston, Massachusetts. They gained a reputation in the underground hip hop scene in the Boston and Cambridge area and eventually began putting out albums. They are both influenced by their love of comic books of superheroes and villains as well as their love for the "golden age" of hip hop and their style really represents those two interests. Both 7L and Esoteric are also members of underground hip hop groups Demigodz and Army Of The Pharoahs. The group also formed a musical relationship with legendary Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck, a relationship which dates back to 1999 when he appeared on 7L & Esoteric's EP "Speaking Real Words". In fact, Deck is a featured artist on their 2013 album "Czarface" and the trio are currently gearing up to release their next collaborative effort, "Every Hero Needs A Villain" in the summer of 2015. If you are a fan of old school Wu-Tang Clan or other "golden age of hip hop" artists such as EPMD, Kool G. Rap or Gang Starr then you should check out the work of 7L & Esoteric. It's clear that they respect the game and are true hip hop artists, not anything like the crap that's on the radio today masking itself as rap or hip hop.
TEN 7L & ESOTERIC SONGS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT:
1. 12th Chamber (feat. Inspectah Deck)
2. Speaking Real Words (feat. Inspectah Deck)
3. Rise Of The Rebel
4. Call Me E.S.
5. Savagely Attack (feat. Inspectah Deck & Ghostface Killah)
6. Deadly Class
7. Be Alert
8. Secret Wars
9. Graphic Violence
10. Mic Mastery