Born & raised in Staten Island, New York
the eldest son of U-God, from the Wu-Tang Clan, had an upbringing
that was far from normal. On March 13th of '94, while being escorted to a birthday party, a young Dontae Hawkins was shot through the abdomen. The bullet came from a nearby crossfire shooting. After several operations & years of physical therapy, Dontae learned how to walk again, recovering from most of his injuries.
He first picked up the pen during his high school years and thus iNTeLL was born.
After graduating from film school
he decided to pursue music alongside filmmaking.
With nothing but time to perfect his crafts
he continues to create dope art
that will intellectually stimulate your mind.
Since Embarking Upon his Artistic Journey
MrHawkins has Shot & edited over 100+ Music Videos
for artists in the U.S. & abroad.
In addition, iNTeLL has worked with a plethora
of local artists, internationally established artists
and even a few High profile collaborators.
iNTeLL has gone bar for bar with Big Tray Deee,
Masta Killah, Method Man, Fred The Godson,
Mickey Factz, Chris Rivers, Nitty Scott,
Inspectah Deck, Token, Young Dirty Bastard
and Snoop Dogg Just to name a few.
After meeting his other half PREMA777
They combined forces and became a creative powerhouse
that is Unmatched.
Not only do they both maintain careers
as outstanding Solo Hip Hop Artists
but united they bring the Poetry & Rhythm to new levels.
Together they established
THEZENDEN studio In Staten Island, New York
and they continue to build up their own catalogue as well as providing artist development for local artists. All the while continually giving you iNTeLLectual Entertainment.