ghostface killah | twelve reasons to die II

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Adrian Younge announces the release of “Twelve Reasons To Die II”, starring Ghostface Killah, featuring Raekwon, RZA, Bilal, Vince Staples and more.

Where the first installment of “Twelve Reasons To Die” was based in 1960s Italy – detailing the machinations of the feared DeLuca crime family – Part II inhabits the grimy streets of mid-1970s New York City. Descendants of the DeLucas are running the city, but a powerful, younger crime syndicate is percolating, commanded by black gangster Lester Kane (personified by Raekwon). As Kane’s power grows, he takes on the DeLucas and a bloodbath ensues. Kane has always known the legend of Tony Starks, who was killed by the DeLucas in Italy and whose remains were partially used to create twelve vinyl records. When played back in the “old world,” the Ghostface Killer rose and destroyed the Italian faction. This plays into the story’s conclusion at the end of Part II.

The storyline for Part II is vividly brought to life with the help of Younge’s never-endingly evocative and unique brand of cinematic, psychedelic soul. The music – on which Younge himself plays upwards of 10 instruments on certain songs – was recorded strictly on analog tape, to bring out the true grit of the ‘70s era that provides the Twelve Reasons backdrop.

Out 10th July on Linear Labs, pre-order digital on iTunes, vinyl direct. Stream some tracks below.

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linear labs | los angeles

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Linear Labs : Los Angeles compilation featuring songs from upcoming releases produced by Adrian Younge, including 12 Reasons To Die II (with Ghostface Killah, Raekwon & RZA) “Something About April II” and “The Midnight Hour” with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, alongside Younge catalog classics dating back to 2000.

“In less than a year’s time, Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs imprint has made a very firm impression on fans of forward-thinking, analog-based music from multiple genres. One notable fan, among many, is DJ Premier, who produced his late 2014 PRhyme album exclusively using samples drawn from Younge’s catalog. To give fans a chance to revel in Younge’s range and – just as importantly – give followers a sneak-peek at four impressive 2015 albums already slated for release, Younge is proud to release the compilation album, Los Angeles. On Los Angeles, many hip-hop fanatics will impatiently skip forward to the graceful, galloping and appropriately dramatic “Return Of The Savage,” from the upcoming Younge-helmed 12 “Reasons To Die II”. The song features Ghostface Killah alongside Raekwon and RZA. But track-skippers will soon head back to the album’s opener: the dusky, Baroque soul of “Memories Of War,” from the upcoming “Something About April II”, with vocals by Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier. Also on the upcoming tip: a track from the Adrian Younge/Ali Shaheed Muhammad concept album The Midnight Hour, entitled “Feel Alive,” with silky vocals by Karolina, alongside longtime Younge collaborator Loren Oden. Other highlights amongst the album’s ten tracks include: · “1969 Organ” – From Adrian Younge’s first release, 2000’s Adrian Younge Presents Venice Dawn · “Panic (Ali Shaheed Muhammad Remix)” – From the 2014 Souls of Mischief / Ali Shaheed Muhammad album, There Is Only Now Remix · “The Sure Shot Parts 1 & 2” – An instrumental originally rhymed over by the inimitable Ghostface Killah, on 2013’s 12 Reasons To Die · “To Be Your One” – Taken from 2013’s Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics · “Chicago Wind” – From the 2009 album, Original Score To The Motion Picture: Black Dynamite”

Available on iTunes or direct.

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the tricks of the street vol. 6

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The “Tricks Of The Streets” compilation series is back. Volume six features 19 some of our favorite hip-hop tracks during the past three months. Features include Ghostface Killah, Tony Touch, Blitz the Ambassador, Pete Rock & Camp-Lo, Black Milk, K-Def, Homeboy Sandman and J Dilla. Listen below. See the full artists appearance after the jump.

Listen to more of our mixes on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.

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Wu-Block

The long-awaited Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch LP “Wu Block” is now ready for your eardrums. After the first song “Crack Spot Stories” featuring Raekwon and Jadakiss you can now listen to “Drivin’ Round” featuring Masta Killa, GZA, and Erykah Badu. Cop the album via iTunes. Get the free “Wu Block” Mixtape via okayplayer.

Support: Facebook | Ghostface KillahSheek Louch

closed session vol. 2

Closed Session Vol. 2

Closed Sessions Vol. 2 was recorded from May, 2010 through January, 2012 and features Raekwon, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, CyHi The Prynce, Y.P. Ninjasonik, Sir Michael Rocks and many more.

Download here or here and check out Volume 1 in case you missed it.

Support: Official | Ruby Hornet | Soundscape Recording

the man with the iron fists

The Man With the Iron Fists OST

RZA’s directorial debut, “The Man With the Iron Fists,” is an action-packed kung-fu film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. The movie will hit theaters in November, soundtrack release is October 23rd. The OST features a collection of big-name talents like Kanye West, the Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Pusha T and Raekwon, the Black Keys, Flatbush Zombies.



Tracklist:
1. The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive
2. Ghostface Killah, M.O.P & Pharoahe Monch – Black Out
3. Kanye West – White Dress
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – I Forgot To Be Your Lover
5. Talib Kweli & RES – Get Your Way (Sex as a Weapon)
6. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah & Kool G. Rap – Rivers of Blood
7. Method Man, Freddie Gibbs & StreetLife – Built for This
8. 24 Carat Black – Poverty’s Paradise
9. Killa Sin – The Archer
10. RZA & Flatbush Zombies – Just Blowin’ In The Wind
11. Corinne Bailey Rae – Chains
12. Pusha T & Raekwon – Tick Tock
13. Frances Yip – Green is the Mountain
14. The Wu-Tang Clan – Six Directions of Boxing
15. Mabel John – Your Good Thing Is About To End

raw medicine

Madlib Medicine Show #12: Raw Medicine

Stones Throw released two tracks off Madlib‘s remix album “Madlib Medicine Show #12: Raw Medicine”. Inspectah Deck & Raekwon verses are from two different original tracks – one by 7L & Esoteric, the other from Big Pun. The album will be out next week, September 27th.

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Inspectah Deck & Raekwon (Madlib Remix)

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AZ – Never Change (Madlib Remix)

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