Esoteric | Interview
From Boston, MA, Esoteric is an emcee in the hip hop duo, 7L & Esoteric. Beginning as a freestyle battle emcee, Esoteric has competed with some of the most talented artists in the underground scene. Esoteric formed a group with DJ & producer 7L in 1992, while Esoteric was DJing at a college radio station. 7L & Esoteric released their first single in 1996 with MC Karma, which led to the album, Rebel Alliance, and features Virtuoso, Mr. Lif, and more. 7L & Esoteric released their first 12” with re-mastered versions of Rebel Alliance songs, “Protocol” and “Be Alert”. They then released the single, “Def Rhymes”, which led to press in The Source Magazine. In 1999, the Speaking Real Words EP was released, with a title track feature from Inspectah Deck. In 2001, 7L & Esoteric’s debut album, The Soul Purpose, was released. It received the Boston Music Award for Best Hip Hop Album, and led to a European and U.S. tour. Their sophomore album, Dangerous Connection, was released in 2002, followed by the 2004 release of DC2: Bars Of Death, and the 2006 release of Moment Of Rarities. Also in 2006, Eso established his label, Fly Casual, and released a collection of guest appearance songs called Too Much Posse. 7L & Eso later released A New Dope that same year, with an electro-influenced sound and a guest appearance from Kool Keith. 7L & Esoteric are both members of the underground hip hop groups Army Of The Pharaohs and Demigodz. Their work features a long list of collaborations with Jedi Mind Tricks, Apathy, Celph Titled, Outerspace, and more. In 2007, Esoteric embarked on a solo venture with a self-produced album, Egoclapper. A limited edition version was released with a bonus disc titled Esoteric Vs. Gary Numan: Pterodactyl Tubeway. In 2008, Eso released his second solo album, Esoteric Vs. Japan: Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo, where he rhymes over beats sampled from Japanese music, TV, and films. Esoteric is also a member of the group East Coast Avengers, alongside Trademarc and DC The Midi Alien. Their album, Prison Planet, was released in 2008 with the lead single, Kill Bill O’Reilly. In 2009, Esoteric released his first solo instrumental album, Serve Or Suffer, followed by Saving Seamus Ryan, an album with guest appearances by Main Flow, K.Flay, Qwill, and Masta Ace. 7L & Eso released 1212 in 2011 and another solo Eso album, Boston Pharoahe in 2011. Most recently, they teamed up with Inspectah Deck again for a full album, CZARFACE.