Inspectah Deck, 7L, and Esoteric open up about their influences when it comes to both comic books and music!


The hip hop trio of Inspectah Deck, 7L, and Esoteric first joined forces in 2013 to bring their love of comics and rap together as Czarface. More recently, the group combined their powers to produce music to accompany a video of writer Ta-Nehisi Coates detailing his plans for the BLACK PANTHER title.

We caught up with the three musicians and comic book fans to get their take on a variety of questions covering both subjects. In addition to now being part of the Black Panther family, you guys were already avid Marvel fans way before you got involved with this project. What comics got you hooked?

Esoteric: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN; I grew up with him in print, toys, and television. [Artist John] Romita, Sr. illustrated my favorite version of him, but my fanaticism probably spiked around the time of the black [costume] in issue #252. Ironically enough [writer and former Marvel Editor-in-Chief] Tom DeFalco, who introduced the black suit, his nephew is a good friend and partnered with us to release the first two Czarface albums.

7L: NEW MUTANTS when Bill Sienkiewicz was drawing it, he also happened to draw my favorite album cover, EPMD’s “Strictly Business.” Is there a particular Marvel hero you like or relate to the most?

Esoteric: I could name 20, but my earliest memories of independence came with Spidey—riding my bike to buy [AMAZING SPIDER-MAN], [WEB OF SPIDER-MAN], and [PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN] right off the spindles at White Hen. Now with my son Xavier getting into Peter and Miles Morales, the wall-crawler has new life in our house.

Inspectah Deck: I gotta say Quicksilver, I always wanted to run that fast and I imagine I could travel the world with no expenses.

7L: Daredevil when Frank Miller had the run introducing Stick and the martial arts element. It gave him a compelling backstory and really made him my favorite character.


6 Say you could have one super power, what would it be?

Esoteric: I’d like Wolverine’s healing power—and to shoot the rock like Steph Curry.

Inspectah Deck: I definitely gotta say time travel.

7L: To never age past 40. Switching gears to hip hop, who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Esoteric: Gangstarr, Public Enemy, EPMD, and Gary Numan.

7L: Ennio Morricone What do you consider your proudest musical achievements in your own career?

Esoteric: Our second Czarface album, “Every Hero Needs a Villain.”

Inspectah Deck: Wu-Tang’s “C.R.E.A.M.” because of the impact it has had on all types of people worldwide.

7L: “Every Hero Needs a Villain.” Finally, what up-and-coming artist do you think could be the next big thing?

Esoteric: The next big Thing? Probably Ben Grimm’s son!

7L: Anderson Paak has been very interesting, I like what he is doing.

Learn more about Czarface at and follow Black Panther Nation at

More on