Grand Daddy I.U. is a dope emcee from Queens, New York who’s been active since the “Golden Era” 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, Lords of the Underground, 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, “State Ya Name”.
Grand Daddy I.U. and his label, Steady Flow Ent. is looking for beats for his up and coming project. Classic Boom-Bap from aggressive to smooth would probably catch his attention more than anything. He is a real spitter, so beats should be emcee friendly. Do research and use past styles as a base, but don’t let that limit your creativity on the tracks. Don’t waste your time submitting beats that “sound like something else”. To find out how to submit beats for this upcoming project, leave a comment and someone from our staff will get in touch with you.
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