U-God performing in Atlanta in May 2008
|Birth name||Lamont Jody Hawkins|
|Born||November 11, 1970|
|Origin||Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.|
Frank Radio Records
|Associated acts||Wu-Tang Clan|
Lamont Jody Hawkins (born November 11, 1970), better known as U-God (short for Universal God), is an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan. He has been with the group since its inception, and is known for having a deep, rhythmic flow that can alternate between being gruff or smooth. He is the group's lowest-pitched member.
Early life 
Hawkins was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. However he moved to Staten Island as a youth. He was originally a beatboxer for fellow Clan member Cappadonna, as well as being well known friends with future members Method Man, Inspectah Deck and childhood friend Raekwon. Sometime before the members united, U-God was mentored in rap by Cappadonna. He soon became friends with RZA and Ghostface Killah, and he began rhyming under the alias Golden Arms, based on the Kung-Fu movie Kid with the Golden Arm. Later on he changed his name to U-God (which is short for "Universal God of Law").
Music career 
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) / Wu-Tang Forever 
U-God was convicted of criminal possession of controlled substance on April 17, 1992 and was paroled on January 1993. His incarceration prevented him from featuring heavily on the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), his input on the seminal LP consisting of only a short bridge on the group's debut single "Protect Ya Neck" as well as the now-famous opening verse of "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'". Nevertheless, after his release he quickly became known to fans for his rugged flow and bass-like voice on Wu tracks such as "Winter Warz", "Knuckleheadz", "Investigative Reports", and "Black Jesus". He was featured heavily on the group's second album Wu-Tang Forever on which he was one of only four of the group to get a solo track - "Black Shampoo" (While the others being Inspectah Deck with "The City", RZA with "Sunshower" and Ol' Dirty Bastard with "Dog Shit"). Around this time his young son was accidentally shot and injured, an ordeal the rapper documented on the Wu-Tang Clan track A Better Tomorrow.
Golden Arms Redemption 
U-God was the eighth (out of nine at the time) member of the group to record a solo album, releasing Golden Arms Redemption in 1999 on Priority Records, which displayed a wide variety of sounds from gritty blaxploitation funk to urgent string sections, and featured guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members and affiliates. It had two singles in "Dat's Gangsta" and "Bizarre". The song "Rumble" was used as the main song for the video game Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style. Bizarre debuted #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, but soon after Priority Records was on the verge of shutting down. Still, the album managed to go Gold in sales. Based on the initial success, U-God was able to open his own label, Suppa Nigga Productions.
Rebirth of U-God 
In 2009 U-God released his latest album "Dopium" released on FrankRadio/Baby Grande was critically acclaimed received 4.5 out of 5 stars and had the leadoff video single "Wu-Tang" featuring Method Man with over 3 million YouTube views. The Album featured guest appearances by Sheek Louch, Jim Jones, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Cappadonna, Method Man, Killah Priest, Jackpot Scotty Wotty and production by Bloody Beat Roots, Felix Cartel and Large Professor. U-God announced new album "Keynote Speaker" to come out in 2013 with production by RZA.
Studio albums 
|U.S. 200||U.S. R&B|
|1999||Golden Arms Redemption
|2013||The Key Note Speaker
Collaboration Albums 
- (2004) U-Godzilla Presents the Hillside Scramblers (with The Hillside Scramblers)
- 1999 "Dat's Gangsta"
- 1999 "Bizarre"
- 2002 "Supa Nigga"
- 2002 "Wildstyle Superfreak"
- 2005 "Bump"
- 2005 "You Don't Want To Dance"
- 2007 "Takem Home"
- 2009 "Train Trussle"
- 2009 "Wu-Tang"
- 1995 "Knuckleheadz" (from the Raekwon album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx)
- 1995 "Killa Hill Niggaz" (from the Cypress Hill album Cypress Hill III: Temples of Boom)
- 1995 "Investigative Reports" (from the GZA album Liquid Swords)
- 1996 "Black Jesus" & "Winter Warz" (from the Ghostface Killah album Ironman)
- 1996 "If It's Allright With You" (from the soundtrack for the movie The Great White Hype)
- 1996 "Semi-Automatic Full Rap Metal Jacket" (from High School High (Soundtrack))
- 1997 "Intellectuals" (from the Sunz Of Man album The Last Shall Be First)
- 1998 "Supa Ninjaz" (from the Cappadonna album The Pillage)
- 1998 "Element Of Surprise" (from the La the Darkman album Heist Of The Century)
- 1999 "Grand Prix" & "Longevity" (from the Inspectah Deck album Uncontrolled Substance)
- 1999 "Mr. Onsomeothershits" (from the Methods of Mayhem album Methods of Mayhem)
- 1999 "No Exit" (The Loud Rock Remix & The Infamous Hip Rock Version) (from the Blondie single No Exit)
- 2000 "Cherchez La Ghost" (from the Ghostface Killah album Supreme Clientele)
- 2001 "Militant" (from the Killarmy album Fear, Love & War)
- 2003 "Always NY" (from the Mathematics album Love, Hell & Right)
- 2004 "Digi Warfare" (from the Masta Killa album No Said Date)
- 2004 "Rock Steady" (from the Tony Touch album The Piecemaker 2)
- 2005 "Break That" (from the Mathematics album The Problem)
- 2005 "Spot Lite" (from the Mathematics album The Problem)
- 2005 "Still Grimey" (from the Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture compilation)
- 2006 "No More Tearz" (from the Soular Winds' The Quiet Americans Mixtape)
- 2006 "9 Milli Bros." (from the Ghostface Killah album Fishscale)
- 2006 "Handle That" (from the Inspectah Deck album The Resident Patient)
- 2006 "Iron God Chamber" (from the Masta Killa album Made In Brooklyn)
- 2006 "The Glide" (from the Method Man album 4:21...The Day After)
- 2007 "Rec Room Therapy" (from the Ghostface Killah album The Big Doe Rehab)
- 2009 "Too Hard to Kill" (from the Chamber Music album Chamber Music)
- 2009 "Cipher Born" (from the Raekwon mixtape "Cuban Revoloution", Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II Leftover)
- 2010 "Ghetto" (from the Ghostface Killah album Apollo Kids)
- 2011 "Doin’ Nothin" (from the album Blu "NoYork!")
- 2011 "Never Feel This Pain" & "225 Rounds" (from the Wu-Tang Clan compilation album Legendary Weapons)
- 2011 Tim Westwood Freestyle with Method Man & Masta Killa
- 2012 "Rivers of Blood" & "Six Directions of Boxing" (from the soundtrack for the movie "The Man with the Iron Fists")
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