Album: Ironman

Ghostface Killah had the first lines on the first verse of the first track on Wu-Tang's first album: "Ghostface catch the blast of a hype verse/My Glock burst, leave in a hearse, I did worse." Compare and contrast that to "All That I Got is You," the biggest single off his first solo record, a tribute to his mother driven by a Jackson 5 sample and a Mary J. Blige hook. No glorification of violence here, just a chronicle of project life with four in the bed ("Two at the foot, two in the head"), roaches in the cereal and brothers with muscular dystrophy. The bleak origin story—and unexpectedly soulful style—added depth to the identity of the Wu's most mysterious member, transforming him from Raekwon's plus-one to a star in his own right. —Russ Bengtson