Supreme Clientele is the second studio album of American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, released February 8, 2000 on Epic Records. The album showcases Ghostface’s signature up-tempo, stream-of-consciousness rhyme style, and features guest appearances from Cappadonna, GZA, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, RZA, U-God, and others. If features members of what would become affiliates Theodore Unit and T.M.F. Supreme Clientele contains a large amount of production from group member RZA, who also re-worked and remixed beats from other producers involved, as a means to create a unified and cohesive sound for the album.

Supreme Clientele debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while selling 134,000 copies in its first week. On March 8, 2000, it was certified Gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album featured the singles “Apollo Kids” and “Cherchez La Ghost”, which, despite receiving limited airplay, went on to achieve notable chart success. Supreme Clientele gained strong reviews from critics, despite its contrasting sound and style to that of his previous critically successful album Ironman.

Supreme Clientele became the most acclaimed out of all second generation Wu-Tang projects, and featured the most contributions from RZA during this era. It was praised and noted for Ghostface Killah’s obscure and creative lyrics, and for the cohesive format of production. Along with Ironman (1996) and FishScale (2006), 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. A sequel entitled Supreme Clientele Presents… Blue & Cream: The Wally Era is to follow.

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