As this week marks the sixth anniversary of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s tragic death in 2004, we pay homage to The Dirt Dog’s illustrious career with our six favorite ODB tracks.
A versatile and off-the-wall artist who delivered raw, cutting-edge lyrics, Russell Tyrone Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard was arguably the most eccentric and erratic hip-hop artist of all time.
ODB first gained notoriety in 1993 as a member of the legendary and highly influential Wu Tang Clan. His wild off-beat rhymes, charismatic howling, and slightly muffled flows made him an instant fan favorite. His popularity would lead to an ultra-successful solo career, as well as features and crossovers with many of the music industry’s hottest artists.
His eccentric style and off-the-wall behavior outside of the recording studio often found him in trouble with the law. In 1997 Dirty was arrested for failing to pay child support to the mother of three of his thirteen children.
Other run-ins with the law included a month in 2000 where he spent time as a fugitive. During this time he managed to record several tracks with fellow Wu Tang Clan member and producer Rza. His reign as a fugitive would eventually end as he was arrested outside of a South Philadelphia McDonalds signing autographs for a mob of fans.
Many argued ODB’s antics were the result of a drug problem or even a genuine mental instability. Either way, his persona and unique style left an influential mark on the hip-hop world as one of the greatest artists of all time.
Jones would collapse in the recording studio on a gloomy New York autumn day in 2004 of an apparent drug overdose. His life may have ended that day, but his legacy and music continues to carry on.
Since we like it raw, we continue to remember Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s legendary artistry with our six favorite ODB tracks and one special Grammy moment as the original award show party crasher. Enjoy…
6. Dirt Dog (1999):
5. Got Your Money - Featuring Kelis (1999):
4. Brooklyn Zoo (1995):
3. Ni**a Please (1999):
2. Brooklyn Zoo - Lord Digga Remix (1995):
1. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (1995):
ODB at the 1998 Grammy Awards: