Published Jun 16, 2015The rhymes are as crippling as kryptonite on Every Hero Needs A Villain, Inspectah Deck's sophomore effort with Boston battle rap legends 7L & Esoteric. Deck — who was the Wu-Tang Clan's unsung hero before this villainous new turn — unleashes one hilarious doomsday diss after the next on the LP, while Esoteric spouts boasts worthy of the zaniest of mad scientists. On "Red Alert," they mock their rivals for being gluten-free, celiac disease-afflicted yuppies, and on "World Premier," they boast about their "piss (that can) cut toilets in half."
7L handles the no-frills production, which is rife with early '90s RZA homages on "Night Crawler" and the aforementioned "World Premiere." But the Bostonian beatsmith also experiments with crunchy classic rock style guitar riffing on "Czartacus" and "The Great (Czar Guitar)." Those beats prove to be a dynamic soundtrack for Esoteric and Deck's shameless, endlessly entertaining punch lines, which are bizarrely charming enough to leave you rooting for the bad guy. (Brick)