Babygrande’s hot summer release schedule continues with the much-anticipated third full length release from veterans 7L & Esoteric. “DC2: Bars Of Death” is the follow up to their acclaimed 2002 release “Dangerous Connection”. “DC2: Bars Of Death” demonstrates the maturity of the pair that has given us twelve straight years of raw Hip-Hop. 7L showcases his raw boom-bap production style on all but one track where he turns over the boards to J-Zone. Esoteric shows why he is one of the most consistent and talented writers in the game today. The duo is supported by lyrical appearances from Army Of The Pharoahs (Vinnie Paz, Outerspace & King Syze), Demigodz (Apathy Celph-Titled, & Rise), Main Flow, & Boston vets Beyonder, KT & Uno The Prophet.
7L & Esoteric formed in 1992 when Esoteric, the emcee of the group, deejayed a Hip Hop show at a college radio station north of Boston. 7L, a DJ / producer who listened to the show contacted Esoteric in interest of collaborating. Through the duo’s understanding of the often under-appreciated golden age of Hip Hop (1985-89), a bond was formed. Their first release, under the name God Complex, was named “one of the most innovative records of 1996” in CMJ. Their official debut as 7L & Esoteric came on the Rebel Alliance compilation LP on Brick Records.
Their debut LP, The Soul Purpose was released in the summer of 2001. Anchored by gritty beats and battle-ready lyricism, the album received the Boston Music Award for “Best Hip-Hop Album,” and led to the duo touring the United States and Europe.
Upon return, they recorded and released their second full-length in the fall of 2002 entitled Dangerous Connection. The sophomore cd featured 7LES at the top of their game, collaborating with underground legends like J-Live, Jedi Mind Tricks, Kut Masta Kurt, and more. Esoteric has lent his vocals to two Jedi Mind Tricks albums and the Demigodz EP, while 7L had been busy establishing himself as a producer doing tracks for an eclectic list of artists including Tragedy Khadafi & Havoc (Mobb Deep), Shabazz the Disciple, Outerspace, Main Flow, and WWE Wrestler John Cena. He recently released Vinyl Thug Music, a CD-only lp with production partner Beyonder.
DC2: Bars Of Death is set to raise their profile once more. So sit back, relax, and remember why you got into rap in the first place…7L & Esoteric proudly present DC2: Bars Of Death.