(Razor Sharp/Epic) 2000
Last month marked the tenth anniversary of Supreme Clientele by Ghostface Killah, a landmark hip-hop record and #5 on my list of the best albums from 2000-2009.
“I’m the inventor, ’86 rhyming at the center, debut, ’93 LP, told you to enter”
Arriving in stores on January 25, 2000, Supreme Clientele was Ghostface’s second album, and the seventh Wu-Tang related project released in as many months. The majority of these albums were very weak, especially compared to earlier solo projects like Liquid Swords and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and the once untouchable Wu brand was starting to fade a bit. But unlike the releases that preceded it, Supreme Clientele garnered universal acclaim, leading some to hail it as Wu-Tang’s “millennial rebirth.” It wouldn’t prove to be the return of the Wu though, but rather the arrival of Ghost as a brilliant solo artist with a voice all his own, who over the next decade would prove to be the Clan’s finest member and one of the great emcees of all time.