Prodigal Sunn

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Prodigal Sunn
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Background information
Birth name Lamar Ruff
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, Actor
Labels MCA Records, Legion of D.O.O.M.[disambiguation needed]
Associated acts Sunz of Man, Wu-Tang Killa Beez, Wu-Tang Clan
Studio RZA

Prodigal Sunn (real name, Lamar Ruff) is an American rapper, actor and entrepreneur.

Biography[edit]

Prodigal Sunn was the only child of indigenous parents and grew up in Brooklyn. His cousin is the RZA. During his youth, Prodigal was known as the ‘Sun of Man’ and was later re-christened "Prodigal Sunn" by childhood friend Killah Priest in reference to the well known parable in Luke chapter 15, verse 32. Along with Hell Razah and Sixty Second Assassin, they would form the first group associated with the Wu Tang Clan known as Sunz Of Man. Prior to the groups affiliation with Wu-Tang Clan they were known as Da Last Future. They would go on to release two studio albums, entitled “The Last Shall Be First” and “Saviors Day.”[1] Compilation albums furthered the group's cause. Prodigal Sunn is a man with the essence of the road running in his veins, growing up traveling back and forth between New York and The South. (origin Brooklyn) He is an only child to born American and West Indian parents. During his youth, Prodigal was known as the 'Sun of Man' and later re-christened "Prodigal Sunn' by childhood friend Killah Priest in reference to the well known parable in Luke chapter 15, verse 32. Along with Hell Razah and Sixty Second Assassin, they would form the first group associated with the Wu Tang Clan known as Sunz Of Man. They would go on to release 2 studio albums, the legendary "The Last Shall Be First" and "Saviors Day" (Prodigal served as the Executive Producer) as well as an EP, numerous mix tape projects and a classic radio single with "Shinin' Star" featuring Earth Wind & Fire and Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Prodigal built a reputation as one of the more socially conscious and lyrically deep artists associated with the Wu family. True to his restless spirit, he would cross the Atlantic and become and International sensation winning a Grammy award in France for LA SAGA / I AM feat. SUNZ OF MAN and a VIVA award in Germany for DJ TOMEK featuring GZA and PRODIGAL SUNN. He was one of the first artists approached by LRG Clothing for a sponsorship with numerous full page ads running in XXL, Source, URB and many more publications.

After of number of guest artist appearances and behind the scenes management, Prodigal launched his own entity, Godz Inc. In addition to entering into a venture with Free Agency Recordings to release music as Chief Executive Officer of Godz Inc. Multimedia Solutions, Prodigal Sunn also has a TV pilot, a feature film and a DVD series entitled Hip Hop Entrepreneurs all in production and many others being developed. His acting resume includes an appearance on HBO's Sex & The City and he is a co-producer as well as a featured artist along with Jay-Z, Outkast and more in American Rap Stars, the longest running rap documentary ever on cable, now airing on The Movie Channel. Prodigal is currently in production on additional episodes of American Rap Stars.

After seemingly a lifetime of criss-crossing the world, the country, classic albums, tours and all the experience that brings, the Prodigal one, the 'Sun of Man' finally comes home to record his first solo debut album entitled "Return of the Prodigal Sunn" for Godz Inc./Free Agency Recordings.

Discography[edit]

Sunz of Man (Group)
Title Info
Nothing New Under the Sun
  • Released: Unreleased, planned for 1996
  • Label: Wu-Tang/Priority Records
  • Singles: "Soldiers of Darkness"/"Five Arch Angels", "No Love Without Hate", "Bloody Choices"
The Last Shall Be First
  • Released: July 21, 1998
  • Label: Red Ant Entertainment
  • Singles: "Natural High", "Shining Star"/"Cold", "The Plan"/"Collaboration '98"
The First Testament
  • Released: January 31, 1999
  • Label: Red Hook Records
  • Singles: "Deep in the Water"/"In the Beginning..."/"The Sins of Man",
    "Who are the Sunz of Man?"/"The Valley of Death"/"Bring Back the Mike"/"Valley of Kings"
Saviorz Day
  • Released: September 3, 2002
  • Label: D3 Entertainment
  • Singles: "Savior's Day"
Elements (The First Testament re-release)
  • Released: July 13, 2004
  • Label: X-Ray Records
  • Singles: "Deep in the Water"/"In the Beginning..."/"The Sins of Man",
    "Who are the Sunz of Man?"/"Bring Back the Mike"
The Old Testament
  • Released: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Green Streets Entertainment
  • Singles:
Solo Albums
Title Date
Return of the Prodigal Sunn 2005
Prodigal Sunn Appearances
Artists Track Title(s) Album Date/Label
Killarmy Wake Up Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars 1997 Loud/Priority
IAM La Saga L'école du micro d'argent 1997
Guru Mashin' in the World (with Guru and Junior Reid Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul 1999
Gza Feelin like an Enemy Beneath the Surface 1999
Gza Rough Cut Legend of the Liquid Sword 2002
DJ Tomekk Ich Lebe für Hip Hop Single (with Gza)
Gravediggaz False Things Must Perish Nightmare In A Minor 2001
Killarmy Dancing With Wolves
Lord Superb Spend Money
Spit that G (with Cappadonna, Timbo King and CCf
Get at Me (with Shyheim, Black Knights and 2 on da Road Wu-Tang Killa Beez: The Sting 2000
Wu-Tang Clan Chrome Wheels Iron Flag 2001
LIROY Prosto z Polski (with DJ Tomekk 2001
Ghostface Killah Street Chemistry Bulletproof Wallets 2002
Rza Bobby Digital Birth Of A Prince 1999
Rza The Whistle Birth Of A Prince 2003
Masta Killa Whatever No Said Date 2004
Gza Unstoppable Threats Grandmasters: Gza vs DJ Muggs 2007
Wu-Tang Clan Slow Blues (with Timbo King, Cannibal Ox and Byata
Still Grimey (with U-God and Sean Price)
Think Differently: Wu Tang meets the Indies

Filmography[edit]

  • Thugs The Musical Short Film (2012) as Ketchup
  • Director (2009) as Bull
  • The Bait (2009) as Bassim
  • Sex and the City (2000) as South Pole (TV episode " No Ifs, Ands or Butts")

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