Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die – The STiXXclusive Review

Two things that you learn in Hip Hop that stay with you for life are: Wu Tang is Forever, and Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with. These rules are still in effect to this day although the group has disbanded and have all had their separate & independent ventures (but there’s the Wu-Block album that came out and a new Wu Tang album in the works). Wu Tang will never die, and it seems as though every member is either putting out their own album/mixtape consistently (Raekwon), or is steady pursuing other ventures like Directing and Acting (RZA). As for Ghostface, he’s been in the scene with features and guest appearances every so often, and then when he decides to drop an album, people get excited because of what he’s brought to the table over the past 20 years. 10 albums isn’t something that just anyone can put out – it requires a lot of consistent drive, focus and passion to remain that consistent, but over time, it’s possible to lose a step or two.

This album isn’t Ghost’s best, but for Wu lovers, they may love it because it’s harmonious to the sound that they’ve been accustomed to, and unlike a majority of older rappers these days, Ghostface doesn’t have to rely on trap beats or mainstream feature verses to drive his career. The features from Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Cappadonna give it that true Wu Tang feel, and even most of the production has that feel although it’s not produced by RZA. This album is Mafioso styled with the emphasis of murder on every song, and is only delivered in the style that Ghost can provide. I felt like some of the beats could have been better to deliver a greater dynamic to his verses, because a good chunk of the time, it felt dragged out. The production style ranged from Jazz to Rock and traditional Hip Hop, but sometimes lost consistency (including sprinkles of Opera). What’s in a name? Ghostface (as taught by Method Man) is on that “now you see me, now you don’t shit”, but as told by RZA, there’s more so a myth behind him that brings out the nature of this album:

Born into a world with violence, death and destruction surrounding him at every turn. Tony Starks took control of his own destiny and expired to become one of the foremost leaders of the criminal underworld. Regardless of his will, and the ability to run the streets with invincibility, there were still those who chose to stand in his way.

Unable to become immortalized in life, Ghostface became immortalized in death.
Creating mayhem so vast, that the tale of his rampage would be passed down from generation to generation.
Gangstas told their children to never cross a man whose will was so strong that he could cross the plains of existence to get his revenge.
And there you have it, the story of the Ghostface Killah

As I said before, if you’re a fan of Wu, you’ll enjoy this album because Ghostface delivers, although it’s not his best work he’s put out, but the point is that he’s putting out. I’d give it a listen or two, so I think you should as well. This is my opinion, this is my review, but for now

That’s My Word & It STiXX

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