Published Jun 10, 2015Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge recently announced that their comic book-inspired Twelve Reasons to Die would be getting a sequel — and in case the anticipation wasn't already high enough, they've shared a Raekwon-featuring cut to really hype fans up.
The new album features Ghostface Killah at the mic, while Younge shows off his production chops. Wu-Tang colleague RZA reprises his role as the album's narrator, while Raekwon and Vince Staples are among the list of guest collaborators; the former making an appearance on five of the thirteen tracks.
"Having Ghost and Raekwon together on multiple tracks is almost like cheating, because they fit so well together," said Younge in a press release. "Their chemistry is undeniable and they clearly make each other better. RZA established the template for those guys working together decades ago, I'm merely adding my two cents to the legacy."
The first instalment was set in 1960s Italy, where the revered DeLuca crime family flexed their power. Twelve Reasons to Die II places Ghostface Killah's character Tony Starks in 1970s New York City, where descendents of the DeLucas begin to war with the gangs of villain Lester Kane — played by Raekwon.
Younge provides a fittingly cinematic backdrop to all the action, incorporating elements of psychedelia and soul, playing upwards of ten instruments, and capturing it all on analog tape to emphasize the era's grit.
You can see the album's full tracklisting below, and the album artwork pictured above. The set arrives on July 10 via Linear Labs, but before it does, you can give the Raekwon-featuring "Let the Record Spin" a listen in the player below.
Twelve Reasons to Die II:
1. Powerful One
2. Return of the Savage (ft. Raekwon & RZA)
3. King of New York (ft. Raekwon)
4. Rise Up (ft. Scarub)
5. Daily News
6. Get the Money (ft. Vince Staples)
7. Death's Invitation (RZA Interlude)
8. Death's Invitation (ft. Lyrics Born, Scarub & Chino XL)
9. Let the Record Spin (RZA Interlude)
10. Let the Record Spin (ft. Raekwon)
11. Blackout (ft. Raekwon)
12. Resurrection Morning (ft. Raekwon & Bilal)
13. Life's a Rebirth (ft. RZA)