Today is a very sad day in Hip-Hop. Legendary rapper and producer GRAND DADDY I.U. passed away suddenly. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
GRAND DADDY I.U. came in the game during the Golden Era of Hip-Hop and signed to iconic record label Cold Chillin’ Records. The late, great BIZ MARKIE is credited with the assist, making I.U. an original member of the JUICE CREW. Known for his trifecta of talent as a rapper, producer, and elite songwriter. he did quite a bit of ghostwriting for his fellow labelmates.
Beisdes his slick bars and story-telling, his stylish and graceful demeanor was part of his allure. He was rarely seen not wearing a suit and tie. His debut album aptly named “Smooth Assassin” was released on October 16, 1990. The album did really well. Two of the tracks “Something New” and “Sugar Free” reached the charts, peaking at number 11 and number 9 respectively. “Sugar Free” went on to become a Hip-Hop classic and I.U.’s most popular song.
In the late 90’s I.U. took a breather from emceeing and writing to focus on production. During that time he produced music for Hip-Hop greats Das EFX, Heltah Skeltah, KRS-One and Ice-T and many others.
GRAND DADDY I.U.‘s impact can be felt from the early stages of Hip-Hop in the 80’s and 90’s up until the present. At the time of his passing, he was developing and mentoring his upcoming artists and close friends, SHORTEE SHA and BROOKLYN BABS. ShuBangashow sends our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. REST IN POWER GRAND DADDY I.U.