Leonard “Uncle Murda” Grant is incapable of holding back. The all-too-candid Brooklyn rapper, who fought his way out of East New York’s notorious Pink Houses projects, became one of Jay-Z’s high profile signings at Roc-A-Fella Records in 2007. But Jigga’s abrupt Def Jam exit saw Murda split from the iconic hip-hop label. But that’s not the whole story.
In VIBE’s three-part Wednesday video series, senior editor Keith Murphy sits down with U.M. who details his harrowing (and at times laugh-inducing) life from his infamous street hustling past and joining up with the DMX-led Ruff Ryders clique as he became the center of a citywide police manhunt to miraculously surviving a gun shot blast to the head. In the first installment of Stories With Uncle, Murda—whose buzz-heavy mixtape will be available for download on VIBE.com in two weeks—opens up about his intense showdown with rap behemoth 50 Cent, a meeting that was supposed to lead to a union with Mr. Jackson’s G-Unit imprint. Say Uncle.”—Keith Murphy