20 Years Of 36 Chambers: U-God Recalls The Early Days Of Wu-Tang

U God got stories. The often-slept on member of the Wu Tang Clan has seen a lot from the dizzying heights he and his brothers climbed to in the rap world. Even before he was globetrotting with the Clan he was on the block living the life many rappers tried to emulate in their rhymes but knew nothing about firsthand.

Luckily he survived the wild blocks of Park Hill and prison to become one of the most supportive Clansmen while still sharpening his craft. Though he was absent for the bulk of 36 Chambers due to a stint in prison, by the time Wu Tang Forever rolled around U God was spitting with the best of the Clan. A few bumps along the road weren’t enough to stop his progress, which is why he is still releasing deadly material and still moving as a part of the Wu.

Ain’t shit changed. It’s still that pinky ring shit…

When was the first time you heard the term Wu Tang Clan?
U God: Oh many, many years ago I heard the name in a kung fu flick.

But when was the first time you heard it applied to your crew?
Oh that’s a hard one. When I came out of the can we were already Wu. I can’t recall the first time because we went though many names. When we was young we was called the BCC. Then we was the Wreck Posse. We was called Dick ‘Em Down for a while… we was always called something, you know what I’m saying? SO I can’t recall the exact first time.

Do you remember when you first got called U God?
I was given that name when I was 13, 14 years old. I was a 5 Percenter and at the time the 5% Nation was real strong. A lot of the kids with a thirst for knowledge gravitated towards the 5%. It was meant for us. It was meant to rehabilitate all the pimps and gangsters and hardcore motherfuckers into giving them knowledge of self. I picked up on that early. That’s why at like 15 I had like grown ups as workers who would take orders from me. Young kingpins.

Tell me more about that. Because I’ve heard early on you funded some of the UW endeavors before you got locked up.
I’m not going to say I funded it but I sparked it. I definitely gave Rza what he needed when he came to me in certain situations. Then I got locked up and then my man Power took over. I was the first initial dude though who was holding the situation down.

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