Get To Know: U-God
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 start. U-God was born in Brownsville (Brooklyn, New York). However he moved to Staten Island as a youth. He was originally a beatboxer for Cappadonna and was friends with future members Method Man, Inspectah Deck and childhood friend of Raekwon.
Making It To the Spotlight
Sometime before the members of Wu-Tang 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 his Five-Percent Nation righteous name "Universal God Allah").
The Wu-Tang Clan first became known in 1993 following the release of the independent single "Protect Ya Neck," which immediately gave the group a sizable underground following, especially after their tour with Kat Nu and Cypress Hill. While on the rise, RCA finally agreed to let them record their own solo work while remaining a group. Their debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), released in November 1993.
Upon U-God's release from jail (which did not allow him to have much input on Wu's first album), he was heavily featured on the group's second album Wu-Tang Forever, on which he was one of only four of the group's members to get a solo track, entitled "Black Shampoo."
In an exclusive interview with Montreality, U-GOD spoke about growing up as a teen, upcoming projects and his message to the youth.