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Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younge

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Ghostface Killah, Adrian Younge

Scoot Inn, March 14

Adrian Younge exhibits a wild imagination and the talent to turn ideas into reality. The self-taught composer behind the score to blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite dreamed up an elaborate screenplay for a vintage Italian crime thriller that serves as the backdrop for Twelve Reasons to Die, Younge's forthcoming collaboration with Ghostface Killah and the faux soundtrack to that nonexistent film. Leading a quintet, Younge gave a taste of the piece on the haunting cinematic soul of "Rise of the Ghostface Killah," but the night mostly belonged to classic Wu material. "We wanted to elevate a living legend named Ghostface Killah," Younge declared. "We're gonna lay the foundation so my man can do his thing." Over sweeping instrumentals, the former Tony Starks emerged to spit his slang-laden narratives on "Daytona 500," "Run," and Wu-Tang posse cut "Ice Cream." That morphed into a version of the Delfonics' "La-La (Means I Love You)," with whom Younge released an album last week. The pair will be touring together for the next month, so Younge declared, "I want my band to just chill and sit in the glory of Ghost." With that, Ghost dropped bars from Raekwon's "Criminology" and led a sing-along of ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya." Wu-Tang forever.

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