|© The Wu-Tang Corp.- 2005-09-02
U-GOD RETURNS TO MUSIC WITH NEW OUTLOOK, NEW LABEL
July 11, 2005, New York, NY - Rap superstar, U-God (best known as an original member of the Wu-Tang Clan) is poised to take the music industry by storm with the release of his second solo album, the aptly titled Mr. Xcitement. The release marks his first project with Free Agency Recordings, nationally distributed by Navarre. Building off the success of his debut solo album, "Golden Arms Redemption", (which featured the top 10 Billboard Hot Rap single "Bizarre" and the action sports/video game classic "Rumble") as well as his numerous artist features over the years, Mr. Xcitement continues the U-God musical odyssey. Joining him on that journey are Letha Face, Boo Kapone, Squeak Ru, MC Eiht and Ebony Burke. Reaching deep into his personal influences, the album reflects a maturity and understanding unprecedented in today's rap world - a hip-hop opera of sorts about relationships and street tales. In the words of U-God, "Mr. Xcitement ain't just about partying. Mr. Xcitement is a drug dealer/killer/pimp. I spent four years writing this album, I took my time - I didn't rush this."
The lead single and video "Bump" launches the Mr. Xcitement experience from clubs across the country. His lyrical prowess is demonstrated on the street and mixtape single "You Don't Want To Dance" and "It’s A Wrap" featuring Letha Face which showcases U-God's trademark "slanguistics" that has peppered Wu albums since 1993. The "Don Kings Speaks To U-God" interlude reaffirms a long standing relationship between the legendary promoter and the artist. Unlike others in the game who seek to play it safe, U-God ventures back into the "Rumble" arena with the anthem "Kick Ass" and the pointed "I'm Talkin' To You" that introduces his unrivaled sound to audiences not already familiar with his body of work. On "Jenny," U-God weaves an intricate story line of a relationship riddled with deception and greed. After taking listeners through matters of the wounded heart, he offers an uplifting tune about the importance of not taking one's life for granted on the track "Stop (Carry On)".
The diversity of sounds and themes is a testament to U-God's continued viability as an artist in an industry where flash in the pans are all too common. "[People] don't realize the U in U-God stands for universal," the rapper explains. "It means no boundaries, infinity, it goes on forever." And indeed, with an album as well crafted as Mr. Xcitement, the world will be hearing from U-God for many years to come.
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