Uncle Murda

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Uncle Murda
Birth name Leonard Grant
Also known as U.M., Mr. East New York
Born (1980-06-25) June 25, 1980 (age 35)
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York USA
Genres East Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1999–present
Labels Violator/Manhood
Associated acts DJ Green Lantern, French Montana, Busta Rhymes, Statik Selektah, Juganot, Maino, Red Café
Website www.unclemurda.com

Leonard Grant (born June 25, 1980), better known by his stage name, Uncle Murda, is an American rapper from the Louis Pink housing Projects of East New York.


Musical career[edit]

In 2007 his manager and DJ Green Lantern introduced Uncle Murda's music to Jay-Z.[citation needed] The Brooklyn born rapper/CEO signed Uncle Murda to Roc-A-Fella Records soon after.[citation needed] They started to promote him immediately by placing him on a track with popular label-mates Fabolous and Jay-Z for the song "Brooklyn" (Featured on From Nothin' to Somethin' album) and everything seemed to be going well for the rapper.[citation needed] However in late 2008 rumors that Uncle Murda left Def Jam came about.[citation needed] In an interview with DJ Vlad, Uncle Murda confirmed the rumors that he has split from Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records claiming everything went downhill since Jay-Z's departure.[citation needed]

On January 22, 2008, Uncle Murda was shot in the head while in a parked car on Linden Blvd in East New York but was not seriously hurt. Ironically, the shooting happened after the rapper released his mixtape entitled "Respect the Shooter". He discharged himself from the hospital less than 24 hours after he was admitted, with the bullet still embedded in his skull. Uncle Murda called the nationally syndicated Wendy Williams Experience radio show after the shooting and told her he was using "Hennessey and Newports to cope with the pain".[1] He was allegedly shot by Nadith Gunasekera. However, no charges were filed, as Uncle Murda refused to cooperate with investigators, blaming the police for the shooting.[2]

In February 2011, it was revealed that he would take part in a new Hiphop/Pro Wrestling collaboration, the Urban Wrestling Federation with taping of the first bout "First Blood" taking place in June 2011.[3]

As of late 2012, Uncle Murda changed his name to "UM" he was also added to the Roster on Epic Records by L.A. Reid.[4]



After releasing diss songs back and forth the two rappers with their managers decided to end the conflict. On May 9, 2008, Papoose's DJ, DJ Kay Slay, announced that the two rappers had ended the feud on his radio show.[5] Soon after, the two rappers appeared on the same song together for the remix of "Don't Take It There" also featuring Junior Reid, Tony Yayo, Avalanche The Architect, Jim Jones, and Sheek Louch and have collaborated since then.



  • 2006: Say Uncle (2 Hard For Hip Hop Volume 01)


  • 2006: Respect The Shooter
  • 2008: "Rudy the baller"
  • 2008: Hard To Kill
  • 2008: Back On My Bullshit
  • 2008: Rudy King
  • 2008: Murdas Muzik 2: Return Of The Bad Guy
  • 2009: Summer Time Shootouts
  • 2013: The First 48
  • 2013: Murda Muzik 3
  • 2014: "Aint Nothin Sweet"[6]


Guest Appearances[edit]