"This book is great couldn't put it down finished it in 48 hours U GOD ALLAH REALLY LIVED HISTRUTH."
– Charlamagne Tha God
– Raekwon da Chef
"U-God has been with Wu-Tang since the start, and this book chronicles the entire saga: rough beginnings in Brooklyn, a vivid project adolescence in Staten Island, and a glorious leap into the insanely talented collective that would become the center of the music universe. There's never been a book that deserved its title more."
"Unexpectedly moving...Raw feels cathartic, as Hawkins finds the language and perspective to reckon with his past. His moment in the spotlight may be over, but he now has something that few of his Wu-Tang brothers, still so admired by a younger generation, have: the distance to tell his own story. He has often been forgotten, and has sometimes been ridiculed, but he was part of one of the great hip-hop groups of all-time―perhaps the only member who is more man than myth."
--Hua Hsu, The New Yorker
"A classic rags-to-riches tale, from drug dealing on the streets of New York City during the crack epidemic in the 1980s to fame and fortune. It’s a nostalgic look back on hip-hop music and the wild times in New York City before it became a playground for the rich."
–The Washington Post
"You cannot tell the story of hip-hop without the Wu-Tang Clan, and you cannot tell the story of the Wu-Tang Clan without U-God. RAW is an insightful, moving, necessary book for anyone with even a passing interest rap."
– #1 New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano
"From its blunt opening line--'Time is a motherfucker'--Raw: My Journey Into the Wu Tang is brashly funny."