Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge are the rapper-slash-composer/music producer supergroup who have worked together on two Ghostface Killah albums: Twelve Reasons to Die and Twelve Reasons to Die II. Upon the release of the collaborations, they garnered praise for their originality and vivid cinematic depictions.

Ghostface (born Dennis Coles) got his start as a member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. During his solo career, he has amassed a total of 12 solo albums and six collaboration albums outside of his work with Wu-Tang.

For Ghostface’s tenth studio album Twelve Reasons to Die, the rapper teamed up with famed producer, composer, and film scorer Adrian Younge. The music producer is a multi-instrumentalist who has released various albums under many names including the band Venice Dawn. Inspired by funk and soul, his projects are nostalgic and innovative at the same time. Common, Jay-Z, Royce da 5’9”, and other rappers have sampled the composer’s work.

For their first full-length collaboration, Twelve Reasons to Die, Ghostface and Adrian collaborated with Wu members Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and RZA. The album was also slated to serve as the score to a vintage Italian horror film. Publications like XXL and The Source critically praised the collaboration.

The follow-up to the 2013 album was the sequel titled: Twelve Reasons to Die II. This time around, Ghostface and Adrian tightened up their production and brought on more collaborations. Those included Raekwon, RZA, Vince Staples, and Bilal.

Ghostface Killah (real name Dennis Coles) is a rapper from Staten Island, New York, who has seen success as both a solo artist and a member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. He’s known for his storytelling capabilities within his lyrics, with an aggressive, fast-paced flow.

Ghostface is an original member of Wu-Tang, having been roommates with one of its founders, Rza. A fan of old Kung-Fu films, his name is taken from the 1979 movie, Mystery of Chessboxing.

Following the success of the group’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Ghostface went on to pursue a solo career—starting with being extensively featured on groupmate Raekwon’s debut album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. He went on to appear on the soundtracks to both Sunset Park and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and dropped his debut album, Ironman, in 1996.

Ironman debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 and was received well by critics, solidifying Ghostface’s career outside of Wu-Tang Clan. To date, he has released nine solo studio albums and seven collaborative albums. The latter included projects with Trife Diesel, Method Man and Redman, Sheek Louch, Adrian Younge, The Revelations, BadBadNotGood and Younge and Raekwon, respectively.

Apart from his music career, Ghostface Killah has made numerous television and film appearances. The rapper has appeared in the film Belly, the TV Show 30 Rock and more, and starred in the VH1 reality series Couples Therapy alongside girlfriend Kelsey Nykole in 2014. Ghostface continues to record and remains best known for his lyrical dexterity and strong cult following.

Gang Starr was founded in 1986 by Keith Elam (then known as MC Keithy E.) along with DJ 1, 2 B-Down (Mike Dee) and various producers. However, after putting out a trio of 12″ singles on vinyl, the group’s destiny quickly took on a different form —with the original line-up disbanding. Following the initial break-up, Elam then assumed the name Guru (Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal) and was sent a demo tape first introducing him to the raw talents of DJ Premier. The two began collaborating the same year they first met, with their 1989 debut record No More Mr. Nice Guy being created in a matter of 10 days and allowing them to begin securing their legacy as one of the most influential emcee-producer partnerships of all time. Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut, Spike Lee got wind of their track “Manifest” and promptly tracked the duo down, enlisting them to recreate a special cut of a jazz tribute poem by Lotis Eli over a hip-hop beat, with their track “Jazz Thing” featured on the soundtrack to the iconic director’s film Mo’ Better Blues. Gang Starr‘s catalog grew to seven studio albums over the course of 14 years, with each release consistently met with high praise, all while each artist further solidified their own respective careers. Gang Starr’s classic tracks including “Mass Appeal,” “DWYCK,” “Full Clip,” “Royalty” and many more, remain an integral part of hip-hop’s sonic history. In 2010, Guru passed away at the age of 43 after suffering from a heart attack, a full decade after being privately diagnosed with myeloma. From popularizing their jazz-rap style to helping solidify the beloved East Coast hardcore hip-hop sound, Gang Starr’s authority as groundbreaking pioneers is permanently etched in the history books.

GZA (born Gary Grice) is best known for being a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Also known as “Genius,” his reputation among the group is the “spiritual head” as the eldest member and first to receive a solo record deal. Early on in his life, he developed a love for hip-hop by attending block parties as a kid, involving himself in the art of breakdance, graffiti, and DJing. He first began studying Mother Goose and other nursery rhymes in order to begin developing his wealth of writing knowledge. Musically, he turned to The Last Poets, The Isley Brothers, the Commodores and more as early influences, before he moving on to hip-hop and R&B. He formed a trio with his cousins (best known as RZA and Ol’ Dirty Bastard) called FOI: Force of the Imperial Master, and later All in Together—first inspiring them to challenge other emcees from various boroughs in New York City to battle. He left school in the 10th grade, but took his passion for science and lyricism with him. GZA released his first solo album, Words from the Genius, under the name The Genius in 1991. When the project didn’t sell well due to a lack of promotion, he asked to be released from his label Cold Chillin’ Records, joining Wu-Tang Clan a year later. With several high-profile appearances on the group’s debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), GZA then recorded his second solo album, Liquid Swords, which was produced and recorded entirely in RZA’s basement studio. The album is critically hailed as one of the best solo hip-hop releases to come out from Wu-Tang Clan’s talent pool, and was certified Platinum in 2015. GZA went on to release four more solo albums, as well as appeared on multiple projects with the Wu-Tang Clan, both collectively and on their individual efforts. Gza has guest lectured at a variety of colleges, including Harvard University, with a vested interest in improving science education. GZA also joined forces with Columbia University professor Christopher Emdin and the website Rap Genius on an initiative to help students learn about science through rap music.