Ironman is the solo debut album by American hip hop artist and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, released October 29, 1996, on Epic Records. Though mainly produced by fellow group member RZA, the LP is slightly different to that of other first generation solo Wu-Tang albums, owing much of its thematic scope, mythology and samples from classic 1960s and 1970s blaxploitation films, as well as a wider range of soul samples. It is also notable for being considerably more open in its references to the Nation of Gods and Earths and the group's beliefs.
Upon its release, Ironman debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 156,000 copies in its first week. On January 8, 1997, the album was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and on February 9, 2004, it was certified platinum after sales of one million copies in the United States. Many music critics have praised the album for Ghostface Killah's imaginative lyricism and RZA's production style, with some revering it as one of the greatest Wu-Tang solo albums of all time.
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