Ghostface Killah, “the Almighty GFK,” has reunited with composer-producer Adrian Younge for Twelve Reasons to Die II, a sequel to their collaborative 2013 LP. The album is out July 10th via Linear Labs, and the duo have shared its second single, “Let the Record Spin,” which features a cameo from Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon.
“I’m back blowing dust off the vinyl,” Ghostface raps over Younge’s eerie blend of blaring organ, mellotron-flute and sparse drums. “Let’s unify, formulate a plan / Shut ‘em down in the worst way,” adds Raekwon in his nimble guest verse. Listen below.
Twelve Reasons to Die II follows up the 1960s Mafioso storyline from the original album/comic book, and a statement describes the new installment as “darker and more sinister” than its predecessor. The LP was composed, produced and performed entirely by Younge, taking inspiration from “vintage Italian horror scores” and “classic Wu-Tang production.”
The first album starred Ghostface as Tony Starks, an enforcer for an Italian crime family, the DeLucas, who is murdered by the group after falling in love with the mob boss’ daughter. His remains were pressed into 12 vinyl records, which, when played, resurrected the character in a quest for revenge. The sequel is set in the “grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City,” where DeLuca descendants have established control. A new crime syndicate led by gangster Lester Kane (played by Raekwon) gains power, building to an all-out war.
Other guests include RZA (as the narrator), Bilal and Vince Staples. The standard version of the album is available for pre-order on iTunes. Details of various specialty versions – including vinyl bundles and a massive box set – are available at the Linear Labs website.