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The 50 Greatest Debut Albums in Hip-Hop History

24. Ghostface Killah, Ironman

Label: Razor Sharp/Epic
Release Date: 10/26/1996

36 Chambers was just a sampler. Fans truly saw everything the Wu-Tang Clan was about on Ironman: its beliefs, ambitions, influences. The listener heard Ghostface Killah come into his own on his solo debut, as his abstract, schizophrenic delivery rode off RZA's hazed-out soul sampling. Tony Starks was at his most vulnerable, too. "All That I Got Is You" still remains one of rap's quintessential tribute songs, while the lyrical blitzkrieg midway in "The Soul Controller" engrosses. The more aggressive tracks also bang. "Daytona 500" is hard enough to chop diamonds.

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