Lamont “U-God” Hawkins
Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang
Published by: Picador
Release date: March 6th 2018
In U-God’s own words (as printed on the back of his book):
“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’s least profiled member feels it time for him to give the public his story. He’s the first of the group’s members to document their historical story, totally differing from RZA’s more philosophical books. That’s not just where he & RZA differ as U-God is currently pursuing a financial legal case against Wu-Tang’s leader. This saw U-God’s non-showing on the group’s last album ‘The Saga Continues’. Whether or not he’ll appear with Wu again remains to be seen.
For now U-God is continuing his own career with a forthcoming new album ‘Venom’ (due for release March 30), a released pre-album mixtape ‘Bring Back God II’ & a promotional tour for his book & album.
Back to the book,’Raw’ will be a journey into the Wu-Tang that all their faithful followers & Hip Hop fans alike will be eager to read.
All the media speculation surrounding the group will no doubt be confirmed, or refuted, but most of all people will get to know much about the author, U-God. The least heard now has the most to say.
Lamont “U-God” Hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York, in1970. 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. 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 destituted 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, isnot only thoroughly affecting, unfiltered, and explosive but also captures, invivid detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history.
(Description by Macmillan Publishers)
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