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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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Good Knowledge

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

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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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insightful and hilarious

I've always been a Wu-Tang fan but to find out the intricacies of how they began was a really interesting topic. I found that learning more about their beginnings and how they interact as a group was really really something that made me feel like I'm more close to the group and I can kind of understand their lyrics and where they're coming from more.

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Excellent stories and insight

The book is great! I loved the way he shared the history of how Wu-Tang came together along with his personal journey and insight on life. Well written, well narrated. Excellent overall.

-John P. Smith, Jr.

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I really enjoyed

I really enjoyed this book really couldn't stop listening I am definitely going to recommend this book to my friends that follows Hip Hop.

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Great story; masterful storyteller

Being a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan since day 1, I always enjoy hearing a good story from any of the Clan’s members. I am glad U-God followed through on his desire to write about his life and his version of the Clan’s journey. I am also glad he agreed to add his authentic voice to the narration of the audiobook. I identified with some things, empathized with others, and laughed at the light-hearted moments while learning about his perspective of life. A must-read for any WTC fan or anyone looking for a RAW memoir!

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WT4L

very interesting book. waaaay too much talk about jail and street life. i wanted wu stories. then...when I finally got them...they made me mad. i pray the brothers get everything situated.