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.
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 2009, U-God released the album Dopium. The album featured guest appearances by Sheek Louch, Jim Jones, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Cappadonna, Method Man, Killah Priest and Scotty Wotty with production by Bloody Beat Roots, Felix Cartel and Large Professor.
In an exclusive interview with Montreality, U-GOD spoke about growing up as a teen, upcoming projects and his message to the youth.