Cappadonna

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Cappadonna
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Background information
Birth name Darryl Hill
Also known as Cappachino
Born (1969-09-18) September 18, 1969 (age 48)
Origin Staten Island, New York, USA
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995–present[1]
Labels Razor Sharp Records/SME Records
Associated acts Wu-Tang Clan, Wu-Tang Killa Beez

Darryl Hill (born September 18, 1969), best known by his stage name Cappadonna, is an American rapper. He is a member of the hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan[2] and is a member of the rap group Theodore Unit together with Ghostface Killah.

Career[edit]

Cappadonna (also known as Cappachino) was known to the future members of the Wu-Tang Clan, and had been U-God's mentor.[3] However, Cappadonna went to prison and was replaced in the group by Method Man.[4]

Cappadonna made his recording debut as an affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan on Raekwon's 1995 single "Ice Cream" on Only Built for Cuban Linx.... He was also a guest star, along with Raekwon, on Ghostface Killah's solo debut album, Ironman. He made his first appearance on a Wu-Tang Clan album in 1997 on Wu-Tang Forever on the single "Triumph". Following his appearance on Forever, he contributed significantly to the group's third studio album, The W, at which point his appearances were no longer marked with "Featuring Cappadonna", as they had been on Forever. After a falling out with RZA the next year over royalties, he did not appear at all on the group's subsequent album Iron Flag. He eventually reunited with the group for their concert at 2004's Rock the Bells, and appeared on 2007's 8 Diagrams.

Cappadonna's status as a Wu-Tang member or as a featured artist has varied throughout the years. While long referred to by both the group and fans as the "Unofficial Tenth Member", there is no confirmation on whether he actually became the official tenth member following the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard. While MTV.com's biographies of both him and the group claim that he is an official member,[5] their subsequent bios on the group's official website do not list him as such.[6][7] Also, while his vocals on 8 Diagrams were not marked with "Feat. Cappadonna", much like The W, he does not appear on the front cover with the original eight living members, and is not featured in the album's booklet with a picture, although he is included in the group's shout outs sections.

Cappadonna's first solo effort was 1998's The Pillage which debuted and peaked at #3 on the charts and certified Gold. His follow-up - 2001's The Ying and The Yang - debuted at only #51 on the charts. Staying vigilant in his support of The Clan, he then featured on over 25 releases including classics from Raekwon, Method Man and Ghostface.

Known for his colorful wardrobe, he frequently refers to fashion designers and his large collection of boutique clothing in his raps.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Name Release Date Certifications
The Pillage March 24, 1998

RIAA: Gold [8]

The Yin and the Yang April 3, 2001
The Struggle October 7, 2003
The Cappatilize Project July 22, 2008
Slang Prostitution January 27, 2009
The Pilgrimage November 15, 2011[9]
Eyrth, Wynd and Fyre February 26, 2013[10]
Hook Off[11] June 17, 2014
The Pillage 2 November 27, 2015

Collaboration albums[edit]

Album Name Release Date
Ironman (Ghostface Killah album, billed alongside Raekwon) 1996
Iron Fist Pillage (Soundtrack) 2001
718 (with Theodore Unit) 2004
Wu South Vl. 1 (with Ratched Rush) 2005
Wu South Vl. 2 (with Ratched Rush) 2009
The 2nd Coming (with Bronze Nazareth, Canibus, M-Eighty, Nino Grave & Planet Asia, as The Almighty) 2013

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1996 "Taking Drastic Measures"
  • 1996 Don't Be a Menace soundtrack - track "Winter Warz"
  • 1998 "Slang Editorial"
  • 1998 "Run"
  • 1999 "Black Boy"
  • 2001 "Super Model"
  • 2007 "Don't Turn Around"
  • 2009 "Somebody's Got To Go"
  • 2011 "Cuban Link Kings"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corp., Wu-Tang. "Cappadonna Biography at Wu-Tang Corp. - The Official Site of the Wu-Tang Clan". www.wutang-corp.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "RZA Reveals Cappadonna's Status In Wu-Tang Clan". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ "XXL Article On The Making Of "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx"". www.ilxor.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "RZA Explains The Origin Of The Wu-Tang To Funkmaster Flex". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Cappadonna | Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wu-Tang Clan Biography at Wu-Tang Corp. – The Official Site of the Wu-Tang Clan". Wutang-corp.com. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Cappadonna Biography at Wu-Tang Corp. – The Official Site of the Wu-Tang Clan". Wutang-corp.com. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "The Pilgrimage [Explicit]: Cappadonna: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Cappadonna - Eyrth, Wynd & Fyre - Audio CD [2CD] - Underground Hip Hop - Store". Underground Hip Hop. Retrieved 2013-02-14. 
  11. ^ "Hook Off (Collectors Edition) by Cappadonna on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 

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