Wow, to say I REALLY anticipated Ghost's sophomore album is a supreme understatement. I literally counted down the days till its release, and when February 8, 2000 came, I was at my local Circuit City to cop it, literally running into the store, lol. (The original release date of January 25 was changed.) Much like his "Ironman" debut in 1996, this album holds a very STRONG nostalgic vibe with me. It was definitely in heavy rotation back in the day, and it remains that way to this day. One more fact, this album (as well as Ghost's third album) was improperly sequenced, much to the detriment of some fans. I shook my head at it, but it didn't bother me too much.
Release date- February 8, 2000
A brief "Ironman" clip sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Nutmeg (Featuring The RZA, Produced by Black Moes-Art)
Admittedly, most of his lines in this song (and others as we shall see) leave you wondering just what the hell he's talking about, BUT, the key factor in all of it is he delivers the lines with SUCH flair, charisma, and gusto that you instantly forgo questioning the meaning behind said lines. Ghost's two verses are great, along with RZA's tight closing. 5 out of 5
One (Hook by T.M.F., Produced by Juju of the Beatnuts)
This is one banger right here (pun intended). The number "one" isn't really hinted at until the end, but overall that doesn't matter because the song itself is SO good. 4.5 out of 5
Saturday Nite (Produced By: Carlos Broady)
This SHORT song sees Ghost flexing his storytelling muscles again, as we get the somewhat typical Saturday night activities song. Tight as hell. 4.5 out of 5
Ghost Deini (Featuring Superb, Produced by The Blaqesmiths)
Superb's closing verse was decent, but man, Ghost's two verses are just SO amped over this pounding beat. You almost wished he had a third one! 5 out of 5
Apollo Kids (Featuring Raekwon, Produced by Hassan)
Just like I seem to do every time I hear a new Ghostface song, I remember going crazy when I first heard this. Ghost sounds SO inspired on this track that any continuous words can't do it justice. Just SO tight all around. 5 out of 5
The Grain (Produced by and featuring The RZA)
This seemed like a song that was tailor made for an Ol Dirty Bastard appearance, but sadly he was not on this one. Although it comes of a song that could be played for laughs, Ghost and RZA still come hard with their verses. Don't go against the grain indeed. 4 out of 5
Buck 50 (Featuring Method Man, Redman, and Cappadonna, Produced by The RZA)
Cappa might've had a decent but disappointing verse in this one, but overall this is another tight song in a series of them on this album. Not sure why the song is titled "Buck 50", lol. 4.5 out of 5
Mighty Healthy (Produced By: Mathematics)
If there was ever a song where the actual SOUND should make it unbearable, but instead it comes off as the complete opposite, it's this Mathematics produced banger. It sounds like something that was taken off a dubbed TDK blank tape and transferred, but still, Ghost's performance here cannot be denied. 4.5 out of 5
Woodrow the Base Head (Skit)
Still not sure just who the hell Woodrow is, lol, but this was somewhat funny skit, notable for Woodrow (directly or indirectly) calling himself "a crackhead" and Ghost calling him out on it.
Stay True (Hook by 60 Second Assassin, Produced by Inspectah Deck)
Originally titled "Deck's Beat", this is another brief but dope song. The beat itself was also used by Inspectah Deck on his "Uncontrolled Substance" album (Elevation). 4 out of 5
We Made It (Featuring Superb, Chip Banks, and Hell Razah, Produced by Carlos Broady)
Your standard "we made it big" track, with the Wu-Tang twist. 4 out of 5
Stroke of Death (Featuring The RZA and Soloman Childs, Produced by The RZA)
Apparently RZA was just messing around in the studio and this beat was created almost by accident and when you listen to it, you can tell. Speaking of RZA, he absolutely ends this one with a bang too. 3.5 out of 5
Iron's Theme - Intermission
This leads into......
Malcolm (Produced By: Choo the Specialist)
Although this very good song begins with a Malcolm X audio clip, it respectively doesn't focus on him at all. It completely goes in a different direction, but still effective. 4.5 out of 5
Who Would You F*** (Skit)
Another hilarious skit, with the crew talking about which female MCs they would "crush", lol.
Child's Play (Produced By: The RZA)
A story about a girl Ghost had a thing for back in the day. Quite funny too. 4 out of 5
Cherchez La Ghost (Featuring U-God and Madam Majestic, Produced by Carlos Bess)
This is a Wu-Tang party classic right here and it received a decent amount of airplay back in 2000. 4 out of 5
Wu Banga 101 (Featuring Raekwon, GZA, Cappadonna, & Masta Killa, Produced by Mathematics)
If there was a class being taught in college on the Wu, this song would be played. 4 out of 5
Clyde Smith (Skit)
This apparently was Raekwon with his voice digitally altered for obvious reasons I guess. He also calls out 50 Cent for his words on the "How To Rob" track.
Iron's Theme - Conclusion
Wow, Ghostface was on a creative roll at this point in his career, and it showed with this awesome album, basically the best album of 2000. At one point, I went back and forth about whether I liked this album more than his debut, but after thinking about it for so long, I do prefer his debut more over this album, but not by much, respectively. Ghost continued to show what he was capable of, and "Supreme Clientele" is a great example of that. And sadly, this album has been out of print for the longest time, but for those (myself included) who still owns the original version, cherish it forever!
Rating- 5 stars