March 2nd, 2010

Supreme Clientele – 10 Years Later

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Supreme Clientele
(Razor Sharp/Epic) 2000

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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.

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August 9th, 2009

Raekwon “House of Flying Daggers”

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This is the first single from the long awaited sequel to Raekwon’s 1995 debut album, the hip hop classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. After the success of 36 Chambers and the solo LP’s by Method Man and GZA, Cuban Linx put Raekwon and Ghostface on the map as elite emcees and made it seem like the Clan was truly unstoppable. It remains one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, it’s arguably the Clan’s greatest moment and it is indisputably one of the most influential albums ever. Ever heard a rap song about crack before? Thank Rae and Ghost. Ever heard a rap song where they act like they’re in the mafia? Yep, that was them too. Despite a classic, early Wu-Tang, i.e. RZA, sound to it, this beat was actually an unused beat produced by the legendary J Dilla who passed away a couple years back. Check out the animated music video below.