Infobox musical artist 2
Name = U-God
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Lamont Jody Hawkins
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genre = Hip hop
Years_active = 1993–present
Priority Records Free Agency Recordings
Lamont Jody Hawkins, better known as U-God, is an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective,
Wu-Tang Clan. He has been with the group since its inception, and has been known for coming with strong verses on clan albums as well as other members solo albums.
Lamont Jody Hawkins was born in Brownsville,
Brooklyn, New York. However he moved to Staten Island as a youth. He was originally a beatboxer for fellow clan member 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 RZAand Ghostface, and he began rhyming under the alias Golden Arms, based on the Kung-Fu movie The Kid with The Golden Arms. Later on he changed his name to U-God. [http://youtube.com/watch?v=D4GBEARaH30&feature=related]
36 Chambers/Wu-Tang Forever
Being jailed for narcotics 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 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 Deckwith "The City", and Ol' Dirty Bastardwith "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".
Golden Arms Redemption
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 1999on Priorty Records, which displayed a wide variety of sounds from gritty blaxploitation funkto urgent string sections, and featured guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members and affiliates. It had two singles in "Dat's Gangsta" and "Bizarre". [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=U|GOD&sql=11:wbftxquhldde~T1] The song "Rumble" was used as the main song for the videogame . Bizarre debuted #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, but soon after Priority Recordswas on the verge of shutting down. Still, the album managed to go Gold in sales, and it is considered a Wu classic. Based off the initial success, Uey was able to open his own label, Suppa Nigga Productions.
RZA Disagreement/Hillside Scramblers
However because of the turmoil with his 1st solo, U-God blamed clan leader
RZAfor not doing enough for his album. He only produced 3 tracks, 2 of which were considered not that great. He also believed that RZA was favoring other artists such as GZA, Method Man, and Raekwon instead of him, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killawho to this day have had to deal with having the least exposure of all the members in the clan. [http://youtube.com/watch?v=ySPtyaGWs_s&feature=related] Nevertheless in 2002 he released an EP titled "Super Nigga", which was a preview before his 2nd solo album. After another disagreement with RZAin 2004 over royalties, which included a heated phone conversation on live radio, 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 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, his problems with RZA, 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". Later on U-God and RZA made up and they were soon both together on stage as part of the Clan for their European and American tour during summer 2004.
Mr. Xcitement/Later Career
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. [http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=ugod] But overall it was considered a solid album, although not as good as his debut. He appeared with all the clan members during the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, as well as on tour for the release of their latest album, 8 Diagrams. U-God is currently working on an album titled " Spitta", set to be released sometime in 2008.
*Golden Arms (from the movie "The Kid With The Golden Arms")
*Universal God of Law
*Lucky Hands (Wu-Gambino name)
*Stonefingers (in the "Gravel Pit" music video)
*Daddy Long Caddy [http://www.wutang-corp.com/artists/wu-tang-clan.php]
The Hillside Scramblers
ingles and EPs
* 1999 "Dat's Gangsta"
* 1999 "Bizarre"
* 2002 "Supa Nigga EP"
* 2003 "Vendetta"
* 2005 "Bump"
* 2005 "You Don't Want To Dance"
* 2007 "Takem Home"
* 2007 "Freeze"
* 1995 "Knuckleheadz" (from the
Raekwonalbum " Only Built 4 Cuban Linx")
* 1995 "Investigative Reports" (from the
GZAalbum " Liquid Swords")
* 1996 "Black Jesus" & "Winter Warz" (from the
Ghostface Killahalbum "Ironman")
* 1996 "If It's Allright With You" (from the
soundtrackfor the movie " The Great White Hype")
* 1996 "Semi-Automatic Full Rap Metal Jacket" (from "High School High (Soundtrack)")
* 1997 "Intellectuals" (from the
Sunz Of Manalbum " The Last Shall Be First")
* 1998 "Supa Ninjaz" (from the
Cappadonnaalbum " The Pillage")
* 1998 "Element Of Surprise" (from the
La the Darkmanalbum " Heist Of The Century")
* 1999 "Grand Prix" & "Longevity" (from the
Inspectah Deckalbum " Uncontrolled Substance")
* 1999 "Killa Hill Niggaz" (from the
Cypress Hillalbum "")
* 1999 "Mr. Onsomeothershits" (from the
Methods of Mayhemalbum " Methods of Mayhem")
* 1999 "No Exit" (The Loud Rock Remix & The Infamous Hip Rock Version) (from the Blondie single "No Exit")
* 2000 "Cherchez La Ghost" (from the
Ghostface Killahalbum " Supreme Clientele")
* 2001 "Militant" (from the
Killarmyalbum Fear, Love & War")
* 2003 "Always NY" (from the Mathematics album "
Love, Hell & Right")
* 2004 "Digi Warfare" (from the
Masta Killaalbum " No Said Date")
* 2004 "Rock Steady" (from the
Tony Touchalbum " The Piecemaker 2")
* 2005 "Break That" (from the Mathematics album "
* 2005 "Spot Lite" (from the Mathematics album "
* 2005 "Still Grimey" (from the
Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culturecompilation)
* 2006 "No More Tearz" (from the Soular Winds' The Quiet Americans Mixtape)
* 2006 "9 Milli Bros." (from the
Ghostface Killahalbum " Fishscale")
* 2006 "Handle That" (from the
Inspectah Deckalbum " The Resident Patient")
* 2006 "Iron God Chamber" (from the
Masta Killaalbum " Made In Brooklyn")
* 2006 "The Glide" (from the
Method Manalbum "")
* 2007 "Rec Room Therapy" (from the
Ghostface Killahalbum " The Big Doe Rehab")
* [http://www.ugodz-illa.com/ Official site]
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