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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.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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