Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele (CD)
Supreme Clientele is the second studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, released on February 8, 2000 through Epic Records, Sony Music and Razor Sharp Records. Recording sessions took place at Quad Recordings, The Hit Factory, 36 Chambers Studios and Track Records in New York City and at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida from June 1998 to October 1999. Production was handled by RZA, Juju (of The Beatnuts), Inspectah Deck, Mathematics, The Blaquesmiths, Carlos "Six July" Broady, Choo "The Specialist, Haas G (of The UMC's), Black Moes-Art and Carlos Bess. The album showcases Ghostface Killah's signature up-tempo, stream-of-consciousness rhyme style. It includes guest appearances from various Wu-Tang Clan members and affiliates: Cappadonna, GZA, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, RZA, U-God, Lord Superb, Chip Banks, Hell Razah, Solomon Childs and 60 Second Assassin.
Upon its release, Supreme Clientele debuted at #7 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, while selling 134,000 copies in its first week. In March 2000, one month after its release, it was certified Gold in sales by the RIAA. Supreme Clientele featured the singles: "Mighty Healthy", "Apollo Kids" and "Cherchez LaGhost" (which, despite receiving limited airplay, went on to achieve notable chart success).
Supreme Clientele was met with mostly strong reviews from music critics, despite its contrasting sound and style to that of his previous album, Ironman. It was praised and noted for Ghostface Killah's obscure and creative lyricism, and for the cohesive format of production. Supreme Clientele was the most acclaimed of all the second generation Wu-Tang projects, and featured the most contributions from RZA during this era. Along with Ironman and Fishscale, it is often ranked as Ghostface Killah's best work. It has also been regarded as one of the best solo Wu-Tang albums, and has received accolades for being one of the best albums of the 2000s decade.
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