12 Reasons to Die

On April 16th Ghostface Killah drops his 10th album, 12 Reasons to Die, which was composed by Adrian Younge, who conceived the concept album and worked on the acclaimed film Black Dynamite.

The story of good and evil follows Tony Starks (one of Ghostface’s many alter egos), as a soldier for the 12 Delucas, a 1960’s-era Italian crime family, ultimately turning into a vintage horror film with gangster elements.

Interestingly, Wu-Tang Clan founder and producer RZA was the one who chose Younge for the project, giving suggestions and direction throughout the project’s development.

“I wanted this album to be the album that went back and started things all over,” Younge says. “I wanted to be the first person to really bring this to hip-hop. I want to bring that organic element back to hip-hop. I’m fortunate enough that I was chosen to be that person to do it.”

From Adrian Younge’s acclaimed album Something About April to composing the music for the acclaimed film Black Dynamite, to recording an album for the legendary soul group The Delfonics, Younge is looking to change the way people view Hip-Hop and infusing the genre with real compositions.

More on Tony Starks in 2013: 

New Ghostface album entitled Twelve Reasons to Die, produced and composed by Adrian Younge, and executive produced by the RZA. Dropping on RZA’s Soul Temple Records, the album will be released on MP3, CD, vinyl and even cassette formats.

• To promote Twelve Reasons to Die, Soul Temple and Black Mask Studios have teamed up to produce a six-issue comic book series which will be collected as a graphic novel.

• A sequel to Ghostface’s sophomore LP, Supreme Clientele, titled Supreme Clientele Presents… Blue & Cream: The Wally Era – hopefully dropping this year.

• An announcement that Ghostface’s project with MF DOOM, DOOMSTARKS, is back on the table. Release date is uncertain, but at least we know they’re working on it.

• Ghostface kicks off his 49-city national tour March 14th at SXSW in Austin, Texas and will run thru early June ending up back in Austin.

• New, from Get On Down Records, a deluxe box set re-release of Ghostface’s Ironman. Limited to 2,000 copies, it will included the re-mastered album on a 24k “audiophile gold disc” CD held in a “cherrywood trophy box”, along with a hard-cover book and album cover puzzle set.
Oh, and let’s not forget the latest entry in the oeuvre of Marvel Studios, the upcoming Iron Man 3.