The 53-year-old has revealed plans to release his memoir next year, on May 14. Rise Of A Killah, described as a “visual record and a real-feel narrative of a performer’s life” per a new press release, will be published by Macmillan in 2024.
The book will add to the Clan’s growing catalogue of literature. In 2018, U-God put out Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang Clan, which saw the veteran MC reflecting on his place in the group, among other things. Three years later, in 2021, Raekwon dropped From Staircase to Stage: The Story of Raekwon and the Wu-Tang Clan, adding yet another angle to the saga. This is in addition to several books by RZA, including The Wu-Tang Manual.
As Hip Hop celebrates its 50-year anniversary, more and more OGs are bringing their own histories to light, as well as reflections on their craft.
The Upcycled Self paints a “riveting and moving portrait” of his formative years by giving readers “a courageous model of what it means to live an examined life.”
The book also serves as a “coming of age” story that “illuminates the redemptive power of ‘the upcycle,’” which it defines as “to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item,” and “to create an object of greater value from (a discarded object of lesser value).”
Earlier this year, the MC announced the tome on social media, writing: “The storytelling continues. The medium is ever evolving. I’m so proud of this work. It’s been years in the making. The story of the Upcycled Self — a focus on childhood forged from the fire.
“I hope in sharing so much about my upbringing we can find new courage to start the difficult conversations that prompt healing, with ourselves and others. As men. As Black men. As humans.”