Synopsis by Mark Deming
Rapper U-God was a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, the pioneering and wildly influential hip-hop collective whose debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), blazed new trails with its furious rhymes and stark, stylish production. The album was a major hit, and the group not only released a multi-platinum follow-up, Wu-Tang Forever, but the Clan's individual members (Method Man, RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA, Raekwon, and Inspectah Deck) dropped top-selling solo discs. The Wu-Tang Clan looked to be an unstoppable force, but the collapse of its record label, jealousy and fighting among the members, and questions over the distribution of money drove a wedge between the members of the Wu-Tang family. In 2004, many wondered if the group was a spent force. In U-God: Rise of a Fallen Soldier, U-God offers an inside look at Wu-Tang's history, its rise to hip-hop stardom, its fall from grace, and U-God's attempts to launch a solo career.
collective, hip-hop-music, money, partner, rap-music, success