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Founding Member Of Wu-Tang Shares ‘Raw’ Memories Of Growing Up

In his new memoir, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins talks about growing up in the projects, selling drugs, and serving time — and how it all fueled his desire to make it in music.

Lamont "U-God" Hawkins of the Wu-Tang Clan
Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, an original member of the iconic rap group the Wu-Tang Clan.

Wu-Tang Clan Book CoverThe Wu-Tang Clan is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop groups of all time. And now, one its founding members is telling his story.

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins had a pretty rough life growing up before making it big. In his new memoir, Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang, he tells a lot of his personal story – from growing up in the projects, to selling drugs in New York City, to serving time — and how that all fueled his desire – and that of the other Wu-Tang members – to make it.

In the audio above, U-God tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how everything he went through as a young man gave him the drive to make something of himself.

He appears at a Brazos Bookstore event on Tuesday, March 12.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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