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Grand Daddy I.U. is an American emcee from Queens, New York, active during the golden age of hip-hop.
Grand Daddy I.U. was raised in Hempstead, Long Island, and was encouraged to begin performing by his brother DJ Kay Cee. He recorded a demo tape and gave it to Biz Markie, who signed him to the label Cold Chillin’ Records in 1989. In 1990 he released his debut, Smooth Assassin, and became noted for his high-end sartorial choices, always appearing in public wearing a suit and tie. He did ghostwriting and production work for Markie and Roxanne Shanté but became disenchanted with Markie over a dispute involving publishing credits for the tracks on his debut. He released a sophomore effort, Lead Pipe, in 1994, but the album received little promotion, and Grand Daddy I.U. quit emceeing for nearly a decade.
Grand Daddy I.U. continued to do production work in hip-hop for Das EFX, Heltah Skeltah, KRS-One, and Ice-T, among others. He issued a third album, Stick to the Script, in 2007, featuring production from Large Professor and Marco Polo and appearances from 2pac, DV Alias Khrist and Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard. In 2008/2009 He collaborated with long-time associate Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard and fellow Long Island-born rapper Lantz on a song from their collabrative EP, the song in question titled « State Ya Name ».
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