Today In Hip-Hop: Ghostface Killah Releases ‘Supreme Clientele’

On this day, January 25, in hip-hop history…

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2000: Four years after releasing his critically acclaim solo debut record Ironman in 1996, Ghostface Killah would go on and release a near classic album in Supreme Clientele. In the late ’90s/early 2000s after some disappointing numbers from solo sophomore albums by various members of the Clan, Ghost’s Supreme Clientele restored faith in the Wu. Out of all second generation Wu-Tang projects Supreme Clientele is without a doubt the most acclaimed. This album, just like Ironman, featured heavy production and contributions from RZA.

Supreme Clientele finds the Staten Island native showing off his authentic and unique flow and taking his game onto another level showcasing his colorful storytelling. The record sprouted hit records such as “Apollo Kids,” ”Cherchez la Ghost,” “Mighty Healthy” and “One.” The album featured guest appearances from Lord Superb, 60 Second Assassin, Chip Banks, Hell Razah, GZA, RZA, Cappadonna,Method Man, Masta Killa, Redman, U-God and of course Raekwon. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified Gold on March 8, 2000. Many consider this album to be the best of Tony Starks’ career and among the best of the Wu-Tang Clan’s solo albums. Supreme Clientele saw Ghostface step into the spotlight that he so justly deserved.

  • Deez

    Ghost is by far one of the most underrated of all time

  • Prettey Tone

    That wasnt a near classic, it was an undisputed classic, one never made before and never made again later. Unique records like that one comes only a few times in a decade. All hail Mr starks, in the latest fashion blow backs in.

    • NativeNewYorker

      Near classic is about right. Production was off the hook obviously. I can’t give it that title tho. Ironman is a classic. At least in my opinion.