Just eighteen years ago, on February 8, 2000, in the wake of Y2k, Ghostface Killah released his quintessential sophomore album Supreme Clientele. The album displays the advancement of the Wu-Tang Clan legend’s signature vocal velocity and a myriad of narratives starting from his mass appeal down to childhood flashbacks.
Supreme Clientele dropped during a time where the climate of hip-hop shifted into a profound era. Ghostface astonishingly moved with times with his classic of a gem, rejuvenating the aura of the Wu-Tang Clan emblem into the 2000s hip-hop hype. It is considered to be one of best solo Wu albums with guest appearances made by Raekwon, GZA, Cappadonna, Masta Killa, RZA, Method Man and even Redman-a frequent Wu collaborator are regarded as memorable. Singles “Apollo Kids” and “Cherchez La Ghost” ended up on the Billboard charts despite receiving faint airplay, proving the power of Starks artistic clout. One month later, on March 8, 2000 the album went certified gold by the RIAA and charted number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart upon release.
Supreme Clientele is by far, one of his most high caliber records as Ghost proved himself to be a certified solo emcee delivering musical diversity into the hip-hop music genre. Embedded with sharp personal context and aimless lyrical structure founded in perception, Ghost personifies the supreme Staten Islander from Stapleton with a sovereign mentality. The flow of Starks is deemed as a successful experiment as lyrically flamed his expansion as a 90s emcee into the millennium, unapologetically, tabbed with elite sequencing with the assistance of mesmerizing skits-a Wu specialty. Tracks in the likes of “We Made It,” “Child’s Play,” “Buck 50,” and “Wu Banga 101” are lively examples of Ghostface’s evolution.
Despite the multiple bodies of production, primarily done by RZA, fellow producers such as Mathematics and JuJu from The Beatnuts were all successful at crafting the Wu-Tang sound complimentary to Ghostface’s unique emcee persona.
The album cover is nonetheless classic, featuring the handsome Wu legend rocking a fresh clean shape up holding a microphone in the stance of a 70s soul class act bedizen with the colors black, grey, and white.