Ghostface Killah and producer/composer Adrian Younge are back at it again, with the release of the sequel to the the 2013 concept album Twelve Reasons to Die (Part 1) called Twelve Reasons to Die II. They continue their original concept album style with mafioso themed storytelling from Ghostface set to Younge’s vintage soul and classical instrumentals (recorded entirely on analogue tape), progressing on the duo’s chemistry which earned their initial album such rave reviews.
The backstory for the album is taken from the press release.
“Twelve Reasons to Die Part II is set in the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city but a new and powerful crime syndicate is rising, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon). As his power grows, Kane takes on the DeLucas and a war ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy (in part 1) and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killah rose and destroyed the Italian faction. Enter Twelve Reasons to Die Part II.”
Twelve Reasons to Die Part II features appearances from fellow Wu-Tang members Rza and Raekwon and other prominent names such as Vince Staples and Bilal (whose soon to be released album is also a collaborative effort with Younge).