Kool Keith & U-God (of Wu Tang)

Kool Keith & U-God (of Wu Tang)

Chuck N Lock

Thu, March 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $50.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Kool Keith
Kool Keith
Kool Keith seems unstuck in time, oblivious to geography, brilliantly mixed unflinchingly grim details with surreal, fantastical tangents. He was an original member of the Ultramagnetic MCs, appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (2015) and is well-known for the classic album "Dr. Octagon" created with friend, Dan The Automator. He's from the Bronx, but belongs to far-reaching astral dimensions and where many of his contemporaries have become legacy acts or revivalists, Keith continues to originate and perfect his wild style. He drinks with MF DOOM in dusty London basement and recruits legendary squadrons of fellow travelers including Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Bumpy Knuckles, Boston pioneer Ed O.G., Slug from Atmosphere, and Vallejo legend Mac Mall to appear on his new album "Feature Magnetic," released September 16, 2016.

About the Album: Feature Magnetic
Kool Keith's new album "Feature Magnetic," released Sept. 16 on Mello Music Group, is the latest bizarre transformative hip hop odyssey. In a world filled with Cheesecake rappers, one man, Kool Keith, has assembled a phenomenal team to bring you madness. Critics are calling it sensational. Free association, sci-fi, sextastic, horrorcore, Kool Keith invented it all. His newest excursion into rhyme finds a who's who of rappers holding it down alongside Keith. From Dirt Nasty to Slug, MF Doom to Bumpy Knuckles, Mac Mall to Ras Kass - the best to have ever done it spit hotter fire than even Dylan. Like butterscotch ice cream on your crotch or eating dead bok choy with Soldier Boy, you've got to think about it. Get cozy and sit inside the paragraph. This is "Feature Magnetic" Kool Keith's newest reality breaker.
Lamont Jody Hawkins (born November 10, 1970),better known as U-God (short for Universal God), is an American Rapper and member of the hip hop collective, Wu Tang Clan. He has been with the group since its inception, and is known for having a deep, rhythmic flow that can alternate between being gruff or smooth. He is the group's lowest-pitched member known for his baritone golden voice.

Hawkins was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York. However he moved to Staten Island as a youth. He grew up in Park Hill projects with Capadonna, Inspektah Deck and childhood friend Raekwon. Sometime before the members united, U-God was mentored in rap by Jackpot Scotty Wotty. He soon became friends with RZA and Ghost face Killah and he began rhyming under the alias Golden Arms, based on the Kung-Fu movie: The Kid with the Golden Arm. Later on he changed his name to U- God (which is short for "Universal God of Law").
U-God was convicted of criminal possession of a substance on April 17, 1992 and was paroled on January 1993. His incarceration prevented him from featuring heavily on the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), his input on the seminal LP consisting of only a short bridge on the group's debut single "Protect Your 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 multi platinum second album Wu-Tang Forever on which he was one of only four of the group to get a solo track - "Black Shampoo". He’s also featured on many solo projects such as Ghostface “Supreme Clientele” on his hit single “Chez Chez Le Ghost. Around this time his young son was accidentally shot and injured, an ordeal the rapper documented on the Wu-Tang Clan track A Better Tomorrow, coincidentally also the title of the group's next album due out late 2013.

U-God released his first solo album, Golden Arm Redemption in 1999 on Priority Records, which displayed a wide variety of sounds from gritty blaxploitation funk to urgent string sections, and featured guest appearances from several Wu-Tang members and affiliates. It had two singles in "Dat's Gangsta" and "Bizarre". The song "Rumble" was used as the main song for the video game Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style. Bizarre debuted #7 on the Billboard 100. U-God became the first member to have a solo album debut #1 on Billboard, unfortunately soon there after Priority Records went bankrupt and shut down. Still, the album managed to go Gold in sales.

Almost ten years later, in 2009 U-God released his rebirth album "Dopium" independently on FrankRadio/Baby Grande. Although just 9 songs, it was critically acclaimed receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars by I-tunes, the lead video single "WUTANG" currently has over 5 million views on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOjrQolpxpc ). The Album featured guest appearances by Sheek Louch, Jim Jones, Raekwon, Ghostface killah, Method Man, GZA, Killah Priest, Jackpot Scotty Wotty and production by Bloody Beat Roots, Felix Cartel and Large Professor.

In 2013, as Wu-Tang Clan celebrates their 20th Anniversary; U-GOD finally stakes claim creating a masterpiece for WU Fans! Keynote Speaker takes him center stage with 15 of the most lyrical and gritty Wu-Tang sounding songs in recent memory! Released on RZA's Soul Temple Records thru Sony/Red on July 23rd, 2013 the album featured the singles "Heads Up" w/ GZA & longtime partner in rhyme Jackpot Scotty Wotty, the head
nodder "Fame" W/ Styles P and captivating storyline solo "Skyscraper". Indeed on this full length U-God refuses the title "the 4 Bar killer" as he delivers verse after verse of impeccable lyrics for Wu Fans worldwide. Also making appearances on the record are Method Man, Inspektah Deck, Kool Keith & Elzhi from Slum Village with RZA AKA Bobby Digital on production, Keynote Speaker debuted in top 50 on Billboard.

Fast forward to 2017 U-God has put the finishing touches on what might be considered his most poisonous dart to date on the dark but poignant album entitled VENOM. Lookout for the album to hit the streets in the March 30th on Babygrande Records.

In addition,

RAW: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang
U-God will tell his story about rising to fame with the Iconic rap group in his memoir. The book captures everything from his childhood through his rise as a founding member of the legendary nine-member New York hip-hop crew WU-TANG CLAN. Due out in March 6th, 2018.
Chuck N Lock
Chuck N Lock
Chuck N Lock are a hip hop group from Wilmington, Delaware coming off the heels of their fourth project, Just Desserts. Since relocating to Philly, they've recorded and prepped three EPs for release in early 2018. Quality earmarked with consistency. A tasteful blend of eloquent word play and gritty drums crafted and distilled for the most discerning consumer. Delaware. Happy Camper Records. Backswamp, Brillo, Grown, Historian. Free Franco. Shouts our favorite grandson.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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