Birth name

Lamont Jody Hawkins

Also known as

Golden Arms, Lucky Hands, Baby U, 4-Bar Killer


11 October 1970


Staten Island, New York, United States


Hip hop



Years active



Soul Temple, Priority, Frank Radio

Associated acts

Hillside Scramblers, Wu-Tang Clan

Lamont Jody Hawkins (born 11 October 1970), better known by his stage name U-God, is an American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan from Staten Island, New York. He has been with the group since its inception, and he is known for having a deep, rhythmic flow that can alternate between being gruff or smooth.

U-God was convicted of criminal possession of controlled substance in 1992, and his incarceration prevented him from contributing to the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), with his input on the album consisting of only a short bridge on the group's debut single "Protect Ya Neck" and the opening verse of "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'". Nevertheless, after the album's release, he quickly became known to fans for his rugged flow and bass-like voice. U-God was featured heavily on the group's second album Wu-Tang Forever, on which he was one of only four of the group to get a solo track. U-God was the eighth member of the group to record a solo album, releasing Golden Arms Redemption in 1999, which displayed a wide variety of sounds from gritty blaxploitation funk to urgent string sections, and featured guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members and affiliates.

U-God has also released three other solo albums: Mr. Xcitement in 2005, Dopium in 2009 and The Keynote Speaker in 2013.

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