In Hip Hop History Today “Ghostface Killah released Ironman” October 29, 1996
Ironman is the debut solo album by rapper Ghostface Killah, released on October 29, 1996, by Epic Records. It was produced by fellow Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. The album’s music draws prominently on blaxploitation films and soul samples. More so than on other solo debuts from the group’s members, Ironman contains references to the Nation of Gods and Earths. Ironman sold 156,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number two on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 8, 1997 and by February 9, 2004, it had earned a platinum certification for shipping one million copies in the United States. Many music critics have praised the album for Ghostface Killah’s imaginative lyricism and RZA’s production style, with some revering it as one of the greatest Wu-Tang solo albums of all time. Listen to Ironman above.