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.