Like a lot of developers, designers, and other creative people, I often throw an album or playlist into my headphones while I work. Right now, I’m working on the ACWP Core and rocking Czarface: Every Hero Needs a Villain, the collaboration album by Esoteric (7L and Esoteric) and Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan).

I’ve been a fan of Esoteric since the early 2000s, back when he and 7L were dropping albums like Dangerous Connection (click the link to check out snippets on Amazon.com), an album I own double copies of on vinyl. The albums came with came with signed posters. I never put the posters up, mostly because I didn’t have any room due to the overwhelming number of movie posters I already had up. Also, the fact that Eso misspelled something on the signing was something I always thought was funny but also added to the legitimacy of this underground hip-hop duo. These weren’t pop tart stars with million dollar budgets who get their agents and helpers to sign their work. These were regular guys, like you or I, but two who pushed hard to develop their talents to turn their work into something life-sustaining and changing for each of them.

I was also big into the Wu-Tang when they first came out in the 90s, but given that there are more members of the Wu-Tang Clan than there are people in my family tree, it gets a little hard to keep track of. Inspectah Deck was always one of my favorites though. I remember the video for Triumph, a visually heavy masterpiece that always appeared to be an expensive video at the time. The song is over 5 minutes long and has verses from several Wu-Tang Clan members, with my favorite verses belonging to RZA, U-God, Inspectah Deck, GZA, and Masta Killa.Wu-Tang has been a massive influence on so many artists since their original rise to popularity in the mid and late 90s.

Anyway, enough writing. Back to work while Czarface continues.