by Leo Sipowicz
Darryl Hill Aka Cappadonna/Cappuccino/The unofficial 10th/ was born on September 18, 1969, in Staten Island, New York. Darryl Hill grew up with members of what would later become The Wu-Tang clan, such as Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Raekwon, and was a mentor to a younger member of the clan, U-god, who beatboxed for Cappadonna at shows when they were kids.
As Wu-Tang started to form and the group worked on their first album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” Cappadonna was a fully-fledged member of the group. But a few months before the release of the album Cappadonna was busted for selling crack and was thrown in jail for a little under two years. When Cappadonna went to prison, he was replaced in the group with Method Man and Wu-Tang went on to see great success without Cappadonna.
As Cappadonna explains in a interview with VladTV he had to keep hustling and selling crack while he was in Wu-Tang: “my hussle was worldwide it started from the street you know what I mean? so yeah that's how I got caught up in that triangle right there”.
When Cappadonna was released from prison in June of 1995, he was ready to get back to making music., Method Man and Raekwon invited Cappadonna to hop on a track named “Ice Cream” for Raekwon's upcoming solo project “Only Built For Cuban Linx”. Cappadonna takes the third verse on “Ice Cream” a track that uses the metaphor of different flavors of ice cream to talk about different ethnicities of woman. The song was a resounding success, eventually becoming 37th on the billboard top 100, and fifth on the Hot Rap Singles chart. This song launched Cappadona back into New York hip hop relevance and two years later he dropped “The Pillage.” His debut album hit #3 on the charts and was certified gold. Cappadonna appeared on both Wu-Tang releases “The W” and “8 Diagrams”. RZA stated in 2008 during an interview to clarify any confusion about Cappadonna's status in the clan, “He’s been an official member of Wu-Tang Clan since 8 Diagrams.” meaning that ever sense Wu-Tang’s 2007 release of “8 Diagrams” Cappadonna is officially the 10th member of the Wu-Tang Clan.