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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 nonexclusive license from Babygrande Records, Inc.

©2018 Lamont "U-God" Hawkins (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Clan N Da Front

This was a very insightful book on my favorite group of all times, I was 14 when I first heard the protect yo neck single with m e t h o d man on the b side and it changed reshaped hip hop for me forever. I always wanted to know what went down behind the scenes and U-Gods life I can’t damn near relate to 90% of it. Every fan of the Wu-Tang need to read this book. It’s great.

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Ugod did a great job. it was great to hear these stories in his own words and voice. great book

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I liked hearing about what it took to get him where he is in life

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Just became a fan of U-God

Was always a fan of the clan & thought U-God was the weakest link of the group. This book proved me wrong. U-God helped his crew members prosper & conquer and I'll praise him for it.

This book has great storytelling & you can tell he's humble because he always mentioned nothing but positive things about his peers.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the upbringing of the Wu-Tang Clan & U-God.

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Dope Listen. U God killed Wu 4 Ever Album 🔥🔥🔥

The Book takes you into journalism of 1 of the elite groups! Suuuuu. Wu ✌🏿

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Wu Tang Forever

A good read overall. If you want to hear some stories in the original tones of an founding member of the greatest hip hop group of all time then this is a must have.

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A gifted story teller

U God is a gifted story teller and has a great relaxed voice and excellent use of inflection

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Universal God

The most memorable moment is, ODB fighting Akinyele on site ! I'm so grateful for this book on so many levels. Wu Tang Clan, Killa Hills, and Stapleton speaks to the way life was for so many of us. 36 Chambers and Wu Forever you could hear the unity, you could hear the sibling rivalry, pushing your brother to be great.
Too much to say I'll close with this. If RZA won't take us back to the dungeon with the beats. Holla at Griselda get the boy Darringer.

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Sooooooooooo

I really enjoyed this audiobook & loved the fact that U-God narrated it. It felt as if we were having a convo. I recommend to hard core Wu fans.
I grew up in the Bronx & moved to Staten the exact year that 36 Chambers was released.
What a time to be alive!
I have the Raekwon audiobook on deck!

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Great from start to finish

Was hooked from the beginning. Masterfully executed. Glad to get more insight into the life of U-God.

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Phenomenal!

Loved the performance by U-God. A great insight into a world most of us know little about.
Lastly: Suuuuu

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Golden Arms redemption

Not your typical rap autobiography. It’s full of misfortune, remorse, jealousy, paranoia and anger, but it’s also full of hope, humor, and hiphop-nostalgia

U-God is the unsung hero of Wu Tang Clan and he’s the Wu member with the greatest autobiography.