With Wu-Tang members RZA, GZA, and Raekwon catching a ton of press for their various solo releases—and Ol' Dirty Bastard landing even more for his various outbursts and incarcerations—during the '90s, it looked like Ghostface Killah might just get lost in the shuffle. But when his better-known associates were running out of ideas, Ghostface was just getting warmed up. After busting out artfully with the soulful old-school 1996 joint Ironman, the Clan's trickiest verbalist improved on the funk-soul-rap formula with his sophomore effort, Supreme Clientele. After releasing a couple of placeholder albums, Ghostface hit a career high on last year's Fishscale, a collection of rapid-fire vignettes and remembrances that matches oldie samples with innovative storytelling and characteristically modern production. His latest album, The Big Doe
Rehab, hits stores on Dec. 4, a week before Wu-Tang's long-awaited 8 Diagrams.