legendARY EMCEE Grand Daddy I.U. Passes Away

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 EFXHeltah SkeltahKRS-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.

GRAND DADDY I.U. appearance on
Verbal Intercourse Podcast with
Rakim the Comedian and ShuBanga
begins at 18:02


GRAND DADDY I.U. with Shortee Sha, Shu Bnaga and Rakim the Comedian

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.