Twelve Reasons to Die (Deluxe)
Label: Linear Labs
This album tells the story of Tony Starks, a New York drug lord waging a losing war against the Lo Duca family. It's a weird concept made spookier by Adrian Younge's rusty '70s soul arrangements. A musician best known for his work on the Black Dynamite soundtrack, he complements Ghostface and the rest of the Wu, and if the entire conceit seems a bit rickety and the performances uneven, at least the men fully inhabit their characters. Highlights include Ghostface screaming out his name in an homage to Ol' Dirty Bastard on "Rise of the Ghostface Killah," and "The Sure Shot."