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U-God Recruits Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & Scotty Wotty For “Epicenter”

As 2018 marks WU-TANG CLAN’s 25th Anniversary, founding member U-GOD aka Golden Arms reminds us that the Clan members get better with age with the release of his new solo album Venom, which will be released on 3-30-18 via of Babygrande Records.

The essence of that classic Wu-Tang sound we love so much comes full circle on the God’s fifth studio album, Venom. Led by the gritty DJ Green Lantern produced single, “Epicenter” featuring Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Scotty Wotty, U-God wastes no time setting the tone for what’s to come on the album. “Wu-Tang is forever and will always represent the epicenter of hip-hop, me and my brothers throwing darts back to back that’s that Park Hill $h*t, watch out we causing Tsunamis of swagger up in this motherfucka,” says U-GOD

In addition to his new solo-album, U-God will be releasing his new memoir/book Raw: My Journey Into The Wu Tang on 3-6-2018 and will immediately embark on his first solo U.S. tour in five years (the RAW/Venom Tour – Dates below) in support of both his new album Venom and his new book RAW: My Journey Into Wu Tang. The RAW/VENOM Tour will feature both intimate Q+A sessions with U-God and live performance dates.

Pre-Order U-God’s Book, Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang which will be released on 3-6-18: us.macmillan.com/books/9781250191168

Purchase tickets for the RAW/Venom Tour: ugodofwutang.com/tour/

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The sequel project also brings the return collab of Method Man with music executive upstart Anthony “Hanz On” Messado of Hanz On Music. The two met years ago, as Messado was a Wu-Tang affiliate even as a teenager. When he forged plans for his own label and wanted to work with Method Man, Meth was skeptical at first. “But the more the music came through, the more I liked it and got more involved,” he expresses. A cosign from fellow Wu family member Streetlife made the mission complete, and now a part two is already in the pipeline.

 

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