Raw (Hardcover)

My Journey Into the Wu-Tang

By Lamont "U-God" Hawkins

Picador USA, 9781250191168, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 6, 2018



Selected as a Best Book of the Year by Esquire

"Couldn't put it down." - Charlamagne ThaGod
"Mesmerizing." - Raekwon da Chef
"Insightful, moving, necessary." - Shea Serrano
"A classic." -The Washington Post

The explosive, never-before-told story behind the historicrise of the Wu-Tang Clan, as told by one of its founding members, Lamont"U-God" Hawkins.

"It's time to write down not only my legacy, but the story ofnine dirt-bomb street thugs who took our everyday life--scrappin' and hustlin'and tryin' to survive in the urban jungle of New York City--and turned that intosomething bigger than we could possibly imagine, something that took us out ofthe projects for good, which was the only thing we all wanted in the firstplace." --Lamont "U-God" Hawkins

The Wu-Tang Clan areconsidered hip-hop royalty. Remarkably, none ofthe founding members have told their story--until now. Here, for the first time, the quiet one speaks.

Lamont "U-God" Hawkins was born in Brownsville, New York, in1970. Raised by a single mother and forced to reckon with the hostileconditions of project life, U-God learned from an early age how to survive. Andsurviving in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s was no easy task--especiallyas a young black boy living in some of the city's most ignored and destitutedistricts. But, along the way, he met and befriended those who would eventuallyform the Clan's core: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Masta Killa. Brought up by the streets, and bonding over their love of hip-hop, they sought to pursue the impossible: music as their ticket out of the ghetto.

U-God's unforgettable first-person account of his journey, from the streets of Brooklyn to some of the biggest stages around the world, isnot only thoroughly affecting, unfiltered, and explosive but also captures, invivid detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history.

About the Author

Born Lamont Jody Hawkins, U-God is an American rapper and hip-hop artist and one of the founding members of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. A native New Yorker, Raw is his first book.