Any fan familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan beyond their debut album should know U-God, aka Golden Arms, the last Wu member to release a solo album and arguably the most often overlooked of the Killer Beez. He had maybe 3 verses on all of "36 Chambers" (which will turn 20 in October, by the way), and appeared sparingly in other members' solo albums providing killer rhymes, but was virtually unheard of besides. This is no diss on his talent or ability - he can spit fire with the best of them - but likely due to a cascade of badly timed events: He was incarcerated when Wu Tang was blowing up in '93, and shortly after had to tend to his young son who was accidentally shot. As a result, his solo debut wasn't released until 1999, four or five years after Raekwon, Method Man, and GZA had made legends out of themselves.
However, as he explains in an interview with HipHopDX, U-God is still pressing on, with a new album in the works, "Keynote Speaker," and an autobiography, among other projects.
"I can’t do what somebody else is doing," Golden Arms explains. "I can only do what the fans want from me, which is hard-body rhymes and raw shit." Amen. "Keynote Speaker" is out July 23 on RZA's Soul Temple Records and will feaure heavy-hitters like Styles P, Kool Keith, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck and more.
Check out the rest of the interview at hiphopdx.com for more on how some Wu members are apparently "disgruntled" and why rap is now, according to U-God, "pillowcase soft."
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