U-God (born November 10, 1970), has been with the group since its inception, and has been known for coming with strong verses on clan albums as well as other members solo albums.
U-God was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. However he moved to Staten Island as a youth. He was originally a beatboxer for fellow clan member Cappadonna, as well as being well known friends with future members Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Raekwon.
Later on narcotics possession prevented him from featuring heavily on the group's debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), as his input consisted of only a short bridge on the group's debut single “Protect Ya Neck” as well as the now famous opening verse of “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”.
Nevertheless, after his release he quickly became known to fans for his rugged flow and bass-like voice on Wu tracks such as “Winter Warz”, “Knuckleheadz”, “Investigative Reports”, and “Black Jesus.” He was featured heavily on the group's second album Wu-Tang Forever on which he was one of only three of the group to get a solo track – “Black Shampoo”.
U-God's solo albums include 1999's Golden Arms Redemption, 2005's Mr. Xcitement, and 2009's Dopium: Bring Back God, while touring around the globe in support of 8 Diagrams. In 2013, U-God released the album, The Keynote Speaker with production by RZA who also served as the album's executive producer.
On September 25, 2017, he added a tweet in which he announced that he had finished his autobiography entitled Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang and it would be released along with his new album in March 2018.
On February 2, 2018, he released a free mixtape Bring Back God II through DatPiff platform. Venom was released on March 30, 2018 and debuted at #34 on the U.S. Rap Albums Chart.