A PERFECT COMPANION READ TO THE SHOWTIME DOCUMENTARY, WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN
The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont "U-God" Hawkins.
“It’s time to write down not only my legacy, but the story of nine dirt-bomb street thugs who took our everyday life—scrappin’ and hustlin’ and tryin’ to survive in the urban jungle of New York City—and turned that into something bigger than we could possibly imagine, something that took us out of the projects for good, which was the only thing we all wanted in the first place.” —Lamont "U-God" Hawkins
The Wu-Tang Clan are considered hip-hop royalty. Remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story—until now. Here, for the first time, the quiet one speaks. Lamont “U-God” Hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York, in 1970. Raised by a single mother and forced to reckon with the hostile conditions of project life, U-God learned from an early age how to survive. And surviving in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s was no easy task—especially as a young black boy living in some of the city’s most ignored and destitute districts. But, along the way, he met and befriended those who would eventually form the Clan’s core: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa. Brought up by the streets, and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto.
U-God’s unforgettable first-person account of his journey, from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world, is not only thoroughly affecting, unfiltered, and explosive but also captures, in vivid detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history.
*This program includes the song "Fire" (featuring Method Man & Jackpot Scotty Wotty) (DJ Green Lantern Remix) from U-God's Bring Back God II mixtape, under non-exclusive license from Babygrande Records, Inc.*
A little Scattered
And not much insight to what he encountered in the industry. It sounds like the old guy who reminisces on random moments in his life.
It’s not an audiobook you play and feel like you’re watching a movie. Just random sketches that were attempted to be tied together. Overall, it could’ve felt more cohesive. The only reason I don’t regret spending money on the audiobook is because I supported a black man doing something positive.
Before anything I am a fan!
I’m a fan of Wu-Tang and I think this book was trash! Sharing stupid stories about irrelevant people!! This book was a total disappointment in my eyes! A bunch of stupid clichés I had put my headphones on and I hoped to be blown away and I found myself fast forwarding and I never do that! Yes I get New York was violent I didn’t near to hear how bad things were for the 1st 10 chapters!! Man this book was a swing and a miss!!!