Remembering The Wild Personality Of Ol’ Dirty Bastard 

November 15th, 1968 marks the day that Ol’ Dirty Bastard—one of the most animated, spontaneous, and unorthodox lyricists to ever hold a microphone—made his entrance into the world.

Arguably the most distinguished figure within the legendary hip-hop collective known as Wu-Tang Clan, ODB carved his own lane musically. And to this day, there’s no rapper that can be compared to ODB—at least in my eyes.

The Grammy-nominated artist only released two official solo albums (similar to the late Notorious B.I.G.), Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (1995) and Nigga Please (1999), but remains viewed by many as a legend in hip-hop.

Dirty wasn’t just an unpredictable artist, but person in general. While being profiled by MTV, he, his girlfriend, and a couple of his kids traveled to a New York State welfare office to pick up and cash his welfare check.

After losing to Puff Daddy in the “Best Rap Album” category at the 1998 Grammy Awards, he rushed the stage, took the mic and expressed his disagreement with the decision. He also noted that he dropped a few dollars on his suit for the event, because he presumed he would win a Grammy.

“Please calm down, the music and everything. It’s nice that I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money today, you know what I mean? ‘Cause I figured that Wu-Tang was gonna win. I don’t know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. You know what I mean? Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best, Okay? I want you all to know that this is ODB, and I love you all. Peace!”

In an interview with Vlad TV, fellow Wu-Tang member Cappadonna reminisced on some more of ODB’s wildest moments.

But aside from all of his wild antics, ODB delivered some dope music during his days both as a member of Wu-Tang Clan as well as a solo artist. And, nearly a decade after his passing, he leaves a void in hip-hop that can’t be filled. Today would have marked his 45th birthday.

Check out a few of my favorite ODB songs below.


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