Go Home With The Smooth Style & Slick Talk Of Grand Daddy I.U. (Audio)

Before A+ or Roc Marciano, it was Grand Daddy I.U. that put Hempstead, Long Island on the Hip-Hop map. An MC down with the Cold Chillin’ Records fold, I.U. was an early innovator of the mafioso fashion, slang, and demeanor, and also an early act to incorporate Dancehall and Reggae into a hardcore style. Also a producer, I.U. laced rugged back-drops for Boot Camp Clik, KRS-One, and others.

From his just-released P.I.M.P. (Paper Is My Priority) LP, I.U. shows he’s only advanced his niche on “My Neck Of The Woods.” As much of New York City faces gentrification, an influx of franchises, and new era subcultures, the vet shows that his digs are still gritty, grimy, and influential to his music.

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