In 2013, Ghostface Killah teamed up with the psychedelic-soul producer and composer Adrian Younge to make Twelve Reasons To Die, a rap opera about a legendary killer who gains his power from 12 vinyl records, or something. It was good! And now they’re doing it again. Ghostface and Younge will release Twelve Reasons To Die II this summer, and judging by first single “Return Of The Savage,” the narrative will pick up where the last one left off. “Return Of The Savage” has Ghost and his old partner Raekwon throwing imagery back and forth at each other, while Wu-Tang head abbott RZA plays narrator, something he’s done in more than one movie. Younge’s beat, a live-band thing that takes influence from spy movies and spaghetti westerns, might be the best thing about it. The album will follow Ghost’s narrative concept album 36 Seasons and his BADBADNOTGOOD team-up Sour Soul as Ghost’s third album in the past year. Listen to “Return Of The Savage” below.
Twelve Reasons To Die II is out 7/10, in a number of different formats, on Linear Lab.