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Ghostface Killah and Czarface Czarface Meets Ghostface Silver Age

It’s not been even a year since Czarface locked horns with MF DOOM on joint album Czarface Meets Metal Face but the supergroup (Wu-Tang soldier Inspectah Deck and Boston underground kings 7L & Esoteric) are back with another killer comic book crossover.

On paper, it seems like a marriage made in Marvel heaven. Ghostface Killah and Deck obviously go way back, and the Czarface project has drawn from the same panelled-page mythology that has inspired Ghost for years. Entirely produced by The Czar-Keys (7L & Jeremy Page), this cracked odyssey sees the superhuman rappers trade blows over a set of grubby beats that draw from rugged East Coast hip-hop and zany Saturday morning cartoons.

The collective take turns spitting trash like a group of duelling Kaiju, but maybe Ghost is still not quite at his absolute peak. Morning Ritual offers a play-by-play account of him rising one sinister day that is gripping but doesn’t exactly ring with the same rich specificity as, say, Shakey Dog. Still, his flow and writing are sharper than on recent solo effort, The Lost Tapes. With Czarface in his crosshairs, Ghost’s mean streak sounds vicious enough to take down cities.