Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die II

Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die II

by Ghostface Killah


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Coming hot on the heels of Sour Soul, Ghostface's collaborative album with Toronto jazz band BadBadNotGood, this second 2015 LP reunites the Wu-Tang rapper with film composer Adrian Younge and acts as a sequel to the pair's critically acclaimed 2013 release, Twelve Reasons to Die. "Here's twelve more reasons to die!" Ghost declares on "Return of the Savage," giving up the album's alternative title, although Younge's music alone would alert fans that this is the sequel, as '70s funk and that era's Euro-slasher film soundtracks continue to frame the rapper's story of Mafioso warfare. The gritty electro found on "Powerful One" and the eerie-crossing-into-indie sound of "Resurrection Morning" widen the spectrum ever so slightly, while most everything else sounds like Curtis Mayfield and Ennio Morricone were genetically spliced together, and judging from Ghostface's enthusiasm and heightened inspiration, that's just what the rapper ordered. What's new and improved this time out is guest star Raekwon, who "plays" Lester Kane on the album, a mob boss gunning for the Killah's Tony Starks character with the aim of becoming his arch rival. The two bosses meet, Kane trumps Stark, and then Stark takes a personal journey before a rematch ensues -- with all the rest being spoilers, but the important thing is how well these two Wu brothers play off one another, sounding more in tune than on recent official Wu-Tang efforts. Fine choices like Vince Staples, Lyrics Born, and Bilal fill in the middle bit, while RZA drops in with some comic book narration whenever the story needs to speed up. Like the films Superman 2 and Aliens, the concept LP Twelve Reasons to Die II meets, and for action junkies exceeds, the high standard set by its predecessor.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2015
Label: Linear Labs
UPC: 0856040005495
catalogNumber: 21
Rank: 57285

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Performance Credits

Ghostface Killah   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jack Waterson   Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
RZA   Vocals
Raekwon   Vocals
Chino XL   Vocals
Lyrics Born   Vocals
Bilal   Vocals
Scarub   Vocals
Adrian Younge   Synthesizer,Flute,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Autoharp,Electric Bass,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Clavinet,Vibes,Electric Sitar,fender rhodes,Pedal Bass,Multivox
Vince Staples   Vocals
Dave Henderson   Drums
Loren Oden   Vocals,Background Vocals
Saudia Yasmein   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brooke Derosa   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dayvora Ortega   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

RZA   Executive Producer
Raekwon   Composer
Chino XL   Composer
Ghostface Killah   Composer
Anthony Acid   Engineer
Lyrics Born   Composer
Scarub   Composer
Adrian Younge   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Andrew Lojero   Executive Producer
Vince Staples   Composer
C.E. Garcia   Composer
Roadsart   Engineer

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