RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang Clan
September 25, 2017 | by Hannah Marshall
We’re excited to announce RAW: My Journey into the Wu-Tang Clan by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Due for publication in March 2018, which will coincide with the 25th anniversary tour of the Clan and a new solo album release from U-God entitled VENOM, produced by Babygrande.
The Wu-Tang Clan are considered hip-hop royalty. Rolling Stone called them the “best rap group ever,” and their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Since 1992, the group has released seven gold and platinum studio albums, with global sales of more than 40 million copies. In addition, nearly all the original members have gone on to have their own solo careers. Remarkably, none of the founding members have told their story—until now.
Hawkins says of RAW: “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 what 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 was born in Brownsville, New York in 1970. Raised by a single mother in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Lamont learned from an early age how to survive in some of New York’s most ignored and destitute districts. Along the way, he met and befriended what would eventually form the Clan’s core: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa. Raised by the streets and bonded by their love of hip-hop, they pursued the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto. The rest is rap history.
RAW is the explosive, never-before-told story behind the historic rise of the Wu-Tang Clan and a compelling look at New York City in the golden age of hip-hop.