Born with a silver spoon? better yet born with a Wu imprint, INTell aka Dontae Hawkins was Born & Raised in Staten Island, NY. Anyone and everyone deep into Wu-Tang by now would know INtell is the son of U-God, one of the founding members of legendary Wu-Tang Clan. So Dontae has an automatic passage and access to music and the Wu fans one would say, he didnít get into music right away, infact it may come as a surprise to some but U-God was not initially keen on his son following his footstep in the rap game and did very little to encourage him, but if it is in your DNA what more can you do? First album he actually did listen to Wu-Tang Clan's "Enter the 36 Chambers" and this was not even given to him by his dad but a friend. Around 2005, INTell's best friend and fellow group member DruGunn$ approached him about doing music, leading to numerous random freestyles with friends to late night studio sessions in Brooklyn. Upon practicing and perfecting his craft iNTeLL decided to take the craft seriously and started putting out several mixtapes around 2006.
Around that same time, he was studying and majoring in film production, and he begun to show off his skills as a cinematographer and editor, directing an editing his own music videos as well as a few other artists. While the likes of Young Justice (GZA's son), SunGod (Ghostface Killah's son), Boy Jones (O'l Dirty Bastard's son) and a few more have had the opportunity to shine and be seen via collaboration and features on released Wu-Tang projects, INTell's recognition obviously includes the fact that he is the son of U-God but this mainly comes from his hard work, likeable and unique style and his continued growth lyrically with the projects he has been putting out for free over the years which by now amounts to 6 - 10 releases.
INTell's reason for doing music is simple, for respect and love for the artform, he would probably accept a record if offered to him but speaking to him it was obvious his primary goal is making it big in the film industry as far as directing, producing and doing it in Hollywood, music is still part of the picture for him as he still plans on doing it regardless of how far Hollywood takes him.
In order to find out more about this intelligent young man, Wu-International got in touch with INTell in this exclusive interview as he tells us of his humble beginnings, Wu-Tang, being the song of U-God, music, life, aspirations and what have you, Enjoy!
read interview here: http://www.wu-international.com/misc..._Interview.htm