U-God Overview

Lamont Jody Hawkins (born November 11, 1970), better known as U-God, is an American United States rapper hip hop music and member of the hip hop hip hop culture collective, Wu-Tang Clan. He has been with the group since its inception, and is known for having a deep, rhythmic flow that can alternate between being gruff or smooth. He is perhaps the group's lowest-pitched member.

 
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Hawkins was born in Brownsville Brownsville, Brooklyn , Brooklyn, New York New York City . However he moved to Staten Island as a youth. He was originally a beatboxer for Clan associate Cappadonna, as well as being well known friends with future members Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Raekwon. Sometime before the members united, U-God was mentored in rap by Cappadonna. He soon became friends with RZA and Ghostface, and he began rhyming under the alias Golden Arms, based on the Kung-Fu movie The Kid with the Golden Arm. Later on he changed his name to U-God.Being jailed for narcotics possession Drug possession prevented him from featuring heavily on the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), his input on the seminal LP consisting of only a short bridge bridge (music) on the group's debut single "Protect Ya Neck" as well as the now-famous opening verse of "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'". Nevertheless, after his release he quickly became known to fans for his rugged flow and bass-like voice on Wu tracks such as "Winter Warz", "Knuckleheadz", "Investigative Reports", and "Black Jesus". He was featured heavily on the group's second album Wu-Tang Forever on which he was one of only three of the group to get a solo track - "Black Shampoo" (While the others being Inspectah Deck with "The City", and Ol' Dirty Bastard with "Dog Shit"). Around this time his young son was accidentally shot and injured, an ordeal the rapper documented on the Wu-Tang Clan track A Better Tomorrow.U-God was the eighth (out of nine at the time) member of the group to record a solo album, releasing Golden Arms Redemption in 1999 on Priorty Records, which displayed a wide variety of sounds from gritty blaxploitation funk to urgent string sections, and featured guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members and affiliates. It had two singles in "Dat's Gangsta" and "Bizarre".7 on the Billboard Hot 100, but soon after Priority Records was on the verge of shutting down. Still, the album managed to go Gold in sales. Based on the initial success, U-God was able to open his own label, Suppa Nigga Productions.Nevertheless in 2002 he released an EP titled "Super Nigga". In addition, U-God formed a clan affiliate group called the Hillside Scramblers that featured his team of Inf Black, Desert Eagle, Letha Fase, Black Ice, Kawz, and King Just. Their debut album, U-GODZILLA presents the Hillside Scramblers, was released in 2004 when he temporarily left the Wu-Tang Clan on Synergy Music. Shortly before the album was released, U-God released a DVD entitled Rise Of A Fallen Soldier. In the DVD, U-God talked about what life was like growing up, how he became an MC, with a behind the scenes outlook on the clan, and his opinions on the current situation of the rap game. The DVD also included a sampler of U-GODZILLA presents the Hillside Scramblers.U-God signed on to Free Agency Recordings, and released his second solo album, titled Mr. Xcitement on September 13, 2005. It featured two singles: "Bump" and "You Don't Want To Dance". It featured guest appearances from Leatha Fase as well as Boo Kapone, Squeak Ru, MC Eiht, and Ebony Burke. The album sold 5,000 units and he had sample clearance problems.
Studio albums




The Hillside Scramblers




Singles

* 1999 "Dat's Gangsta"
* 1999 "Bizarre"
* 2002 "Supa Nigga"
* 2002 "Wildstyle Superfreak"
* 2005 "Bump"
* 2005 "You Don't Want To Dance"
* 2007 "Takem Home"
* 2009 "Train Trussle"
* 2009 "Wu-Tang"


Appearances

* 1995 "Knuckleheadz" (from the Raekwon album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)
* 1995 "Killa Hill Niggaz" (from the Cypress Hill album Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom)
* 1995 "Investigative Reports" (from the GZA album Liquid Swords)
* 1996 "Black Jesus" & "Winter Warz" (from the Ghostface Killah album Ironman Ironman (album) )
* 1996 "If It's Allright With You" (from the soundtrack for the movie The Great White Hype)
* 1996 "Semi-Automatic Full Rap Metal Jacket" (from High School High (Soundtrack) High School High )
* 1997 "Intellectuals" (from the Sunz Of Man album The Last Shall Be First)
* 1998 "Supa Ninjaz" (from the Cappadonna album The Pillage)
* 1998 "Element Of Surprise" (from the La the Darkman album Heist Of The Century)
* 1999 "Grand Prix" & "Longevity" (from the Inspectah Deck album Uncontrolled Substance)
* 1999 "Mr. Onsomeothershits" (from the Methods of Mayhem album Methods of Mayhem)
* 1999 "No Exit" (The Loud Rock Remix & The Infamous Hip Rock Version) (from the Blondie Blondie (band) single No Exit No Exit (song) )
* 2000 "Cherchez La Ghost" (from the Ghostface Killah album Supreme Clientele)
* 2001 "Militant" (from the Killarmy album Fear, Love & War)
* 2003 "Always NY" (from the Mathematics Mathematics (producer) album Love, Hell & Right)
* 2004 "Digi Warfare" (from the Masta Killa album No Said Date)
* 2004 "Rock Steady" (from the Tony Touch album The Piecemaker 2)
* 2005 "Break That" (from the Mathematics Mathematics (producer) album The Problem)
* 2005 "Spot Lite" (from the Mathematics Mathematics (producer) album The Problem)
* 2005 "Still Grimey" (from the Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture compilation)
* 2006 "No More Tearz" (from the Soular Winds' The Quiet Americans Mixtape)
* 2006 "9 Milli Bros." (from the Ghostface Killah album Fishscale)
* 2006 "Handle That" (from the Inspectah Deck album The Resident Patient)
* 2006 "Iron God Chamber" (from the Masta Killa album Made In Brooklyn)
* 2006 "The Glide" (from the Method Man album 4:21...The Day After)
* 2007 "Rec Room Therapy" (from the Ghostface Killah album The Big Doe Rehab)
 

 

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