Adrian Younge’s acclaimed collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, re-issued for the first time on Linear Labs! The sounds of classic 36 Chambers-era RZA meld with Portishead and the Italian film music of Ennio Morricone on 12 Reasons To Die, the first ever collaboration between Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge. A daring, full-length Crime/Horror concept album, 12 Reasons’ executive producer and Ghostface’s longtime Wu-Tang Clan collaborator The RZA, referred to the album as “groundbreaking” in the hip-hop genre.
Ghostface Killah’s prominence in hip hop has grown steadily over his 20-plus year career – including high-profile appearances on Kanye West’s Cruel Summer, RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists soundtrack and 36 Seasons, his recent collaboration with The Revelations – 12 Reasons catches the gifted MC at the height of his lyrical prowess. Composer/producer/instrumentalist Adrian Younge represents the next generation of black music producers. His aim is an organic re-appropriation of hip-hop circa the mid-90s. His previous releases, the Black Dynamite soundtrack album (2009) Something About April (2011), and There Is Only Now, his collaboration with Souls Of Mischief (2012), touched on psychedelia, blaxploitation, and the cinematic soul of the 1970s. 12 Reasons was Adrian’s first project in which he’s immersed himself in the world of hip-hop.
1. Beware Of The Stare
2. Rise Of The Black Suits
3. I Declare War (feat. Masta Killa)
4. Blood On The Cobblestones
5. The Center Of Attraction (feat. Cappadonna)
6. Enemies All Around Me (feat. William Hart Of Delfonics)
1. An Unexpected Call (The Set Up) (feat. Inspectah Deck)
2. The Rise Of The Ghostface Killah (Cuts By DJ Mekalek)
3. The Catastrophe (feat. Masta Killa & Killa Six)
4. Murder Spree 5. The Sure Shot [Parts One & Two] 6. 12 Reasons To Die
Linear Labs LL018LP