Ghostface Killah – “Supreme Clientele” review

After releasing his classic solo debut Ironman 4 years prior, Ghostface Killah of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan is back with his sophomore effort & it’s no sophomore slump at all. The album starts off with “Nutmeg”, which is a ghetto slang-extravaganza over what I like to call an Alchemist-esque beat. The Clan’s de facto leader RZA (who actually happened to re-work & remix every single track on the album despite other producers being credited in the liner notes) has a verse near the end & it could very well be my favorite verse he’s ever done because his technicality throughout is so on point. The next track “1” sees Ghost talking about life in the hood but he does so vividly (as he always does with his storytelling) over a soulful beat from JuJu of The Beatnuts. The track “Mighty Healthy” has a hype-inducing beat from Wu-Elements member Mathematics & I think Ghost’s menacing delivery enhances the energy. The track “Malcolm” sees Ghost going into the point of view of iconic Civil Rights leader Malcolm X & the piano chords throughout fit the tone of the song perfectly. The track “Child’s Play” (which is probably my favorite track off the entire album) sees Ghost reflecting on young love & the beat RZA brings to the table is flawless. Especially with the beat-change almost halfway through the track. A lot of people refer to this as Ghost’s best album but me personally, I just can’t decide between this or Ironman because I find this to be just as equally consistent, cohesive & focused as his debut. Regardless, I still consider this to be another masterpiece from the most consistent member of the greatest hip hop group of all-time as well as a perfect way for the group to kick off the new millennium

Score: 5/5

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