I keep swimmin’, amazed that I’m not drownin’: The best of Ghostface

Here’s to the greatest album artist of the 2000s: the most consistent and startling long players, in the old school sense. I can’t think of another artist who has recorded albums as rewarding as Supreme Clientele, Bulletproof Wallets, The Pretty Toney Album, and Fishscale — all immersive in the best sense. I’m sorry I lost track after 2010’s Apollo Kids, a quickie that predated a series of soundtracks for a graphic novel series.

In the following list, I’ve cheated: “Winter Warz” is a Wu-Tang track in name only, but “Shadowboxin'” appeared on GZA’S Liquid Swords and it’s the best Method Man appearance; and “Wu-Gambinos” has Ghostface’s best classic Wu-era rap but it’s on Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.

1. Winter Warz
2. Camay
3. Nutmeg
4. Yolanda’s House
6. Run (featuring Jadakiss)
7. Apollo Kids
8. Be Easy
9. Maxine (featuring Raekwon)
10. Stapleton Sex
11. Josephine
12. Biscuits
13. Malcolm
14. Underwater
15. Daytona 500
16. Purified Thoughts
17. Dogs of War
18. All That I Got Is You
19. Save Me Dear
20. Shakey Dog
21. Wildflower
22. Child’s Play
23. Alex (Stolen Script)
24. Iron Maiden
25. Starkology

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