Ol' Dirty Bastard
American rapper
Ol' Dirty Bastard
Russell Tyrone Jones was an American rapper and occasional producer, who went by the stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard, ODB, Ason Unique, Osirus, and Big Baby Jesus. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group primarily from Staten Island, New York that first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
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BADBADNOTGOOD: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - 28 days
The jazz band, known for its soulful interpretations of songs by Nas and Ol' Dirty Bastard, plays its own new material live in the NPR Music offices. (Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)
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Christmas in 2016: Santa goes snowboarding behind a giant drone
Yahoo News - 2 months
As drones have become more affordable and capable, people have come with all sorts of crazy drone-related contraptions. Whether it's someone attaching a machine gun to a drone or someone roasting a turkey with a flamethrower affixed to a drone, it seems that we can't even go a month without seeing someone try and put their own unique stamp on drone ownership. A new video from Casey Nesistat, however, might take the cake. The video starts off with a bang as it features Nsistat donning a Santa suit and being hoisted over the roof of a house by a relatively large drone. The title screen then reads, "No one in the world sells a drone that can lift a human being, so we built our own." And build it they did. The video below -- appropriately titled Human Flying Drone -- features 4-minutes of absolutely jaw-dropping footage as we see this man-made drown impressively pull our Santa-suited hero on a snowboard in what, I think we can all agree, should instantly be a new extreme sport. Coupled with ...
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The Wu-Tang Clan Origin Story Is The Model For Cultural Change We Need
Huffington Post - 3 months
Last year, the Wu-Tang Clan released a new double album to a one-time auction, where a single buyer could own “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.” In a perverse distortion of the group’s artistic wishes, pharmaceutical villain and frequent online vlogger Martin Shkreli bought the album for around $2 million and then vowed to release it if Donald Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Shkreli followed through on that promise after Trump’s victory by filming a stream of himself listening to the new Wu-Tang music. The group’s founder, RZA, has remained silent about Shkreli’s recent decision to stream his music after Trump’s win, but was frustrated originally when it was announced that Shkreli was the buyer. RZA told Bloomberg that the deal was made before Shkreli’s “business practices came to light.” Shkreli was the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, which increased the price of a pill used by HIV patients from $13.50 to $750 in September 2015. A rumor about the deal started goin ...
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Every Episode of Marvel's Luke Cage Will Be Titled After A Gang Starr Song
Huffington Post - 7 months
Luke Cage and Chill? San Diego Comic Con just concluded this past Sunday and Marvel Comics seems to still be dominating post-con topics and conversations of the annual convention. After rave reviews of their popular Netflix series such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil, Marvel decided to keep their fans happy by introducing a standalone Luke Cage series starring Mike Colter. We saw Colter appear in a few episodes in last season's Jessica Jones and let's just say Marvel and Netflix are aware what their fans enjoy. The entrance to see the panel of Luke Cage at San Diego Comic Con was overwhelming crowded with fans waiting in anticipation to see the highly anticipated series that will also be introducing Simone Missick who will be playing Misty Knight. For those that aren't familiar, Misty Knight will be the first black female superhero to star in a TV series. Cheo Coker who is working on Luke Cage confirmed that every episode will be named after a Gang Starr song and that the show emb ...
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Photographer Jonathan Mannion Presents Limited Edition DJ Slipmats
Huffington Post - over 1 year
New York - The 4th Annual Global Spin Awards will be hosted by Producer Swizz Beatz on November 17th. The award ceremony honors celebrated DJ's for their contributions in the music industry. As part of their effort to represent the culture, Power Moves Inc. (PMI) and SM Event Group decided to launch the first ever Global Spin Expo - offering fans a chance to rub elbows with their favorite radio DJ's, purchase exclusive equipment and bring together the DJ community. Amongst the vendor booths, legendary hip hop photographer Jonathan Mannion erected an awe-inspiring Wall of Fame, but not just any wall, a wall lined with 12" custom slipmats with iconic photos taken by Mannion himself. Artists such as Aaliyah, Biggie, and Ol' Dirty Bastard are just a few clients Jonathan decided to honor on his Limited Edition collection of slipmats. "My good friend MC Serch, Michael Berrin, offered me an opportunity to participate and basically told me to do whatever I wanted." As a true hip hop fan, ...
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Man’s Wu-Tang Clan Allegation: ‘Divorce Court’ Episode Has Man Accusing Wife Of Groupie ‘Bust Down’
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Recently, a married man made a shocking allegation on a Divorce Court episode: allegedly, his wife slept with the entire Wu-Tang Clan, according to a USA Today report. Needless to say, the video has gone viral. Nathan Sellers and his wife Lia Palmquist appeared before Judge Lynn Toler and a crowded audience in court about a contested divorce. The self-admitted betrayed husband and his wife sparred over her night out with members of the popular Staten Island-based hip hop group after joining them on their tour bus. Wife to Judge Lynn: “This sounds ridiculous, but he accused me of sleeping with the entire Wu-Tang Clan.” While laughter erupted in the courtroom, Her Honor asked the woman if she knew the group, to which Sellers nodded, signaling an affirmative, and said, “she went back stage.” The wife continued: “Yea, I had an amazing night one night and had an amazing opportunity,” she said, before being pressed by the judge who asked, “how amazing was it?” Before the woman cou ...
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Expect more Ol' Dirty Bastard in 2014
LATimes - about 3 years
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Ol' Dirty Bastard Documentary Premiere Dissolves Into Chaos
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
The intended premiere of a documentary charting the life and times of departed Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard turned into a peculiar farce last night when a cease and desist order prevented the screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from going ahead The night also saw the Clan's...
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There Are 29 Types of Coffee Drinkers. You Are Definitely One of Them.
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Coffee's a very personal thing. Some people will only drink at certain chains (whose caffeine counts are listed here!), others demand a bubble bath's worth of cappuccino foam, and then there are the aficionados who swear by sophisticated gadgetry like the "Aeropress" or the "drip coffee machine in the break room." Here's a comprehensive list of 29 of the most common coffee-drinker stereotypes, ranging from people you wish would die to people who will probably face an early death thanks to their choice of sweetener. The gas station coffee evangelist He just loves being one of the common people. And watching them buy their Skoal Bandits. The unapologetic Starbucks patron There's gotta be a reason there's 21,000 locations, right? Right? Impatient businessman at Starbucks Obviously on his way to an important meeting and has no time to tip. Cool Jawbone, bro. Cool suburban dad at Starbucks He also gets all of his Leonard Cohen CDs there. The almond/rice milk guy Congrats on find ...
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Review: 'Comeback' of Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard at Rock the Bells
LATimes - over 3 years
The late rappers come back to life in hologram-like form over the weekend at the hip-hop festival, much to the enjoyment of thousands of fans. The hip-hop festival Rock the Bells kicked off its 10th anniversary run Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, and to celebrate the landmark event, organizers called upon some unlikely guests.
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What not to miss at the 10th Rock the Bells festival
LATimes - over 3 years
Jurassic 5, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Wu-Tang Clan and images of Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard are among must-sees at Rock the Bells. Since its inception in 2004, Rock the Bells has anchored itself as the preeminent festival for hip-hop fans. For its 10th edition, the festival, which begins at San Bernardino's San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, once again proves why it's a hot ticket. The bill overflows with emerging rhyme-slayers, chart-toppers, rap icons — and even a couple of revered, but dead, performers.
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Big Sean Starts a Party on 'Kimmel'
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Big Sean sparked a party last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live performing a pair of songs on the outdoor stage while beach balls bobbed through the crowd Wearing an Ol' Dirty Bastard T-shirt the rapper started with "Beware" his easy flow unspooling over a smooth beat until he paused for...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Sam Spiegel turns odd musical pairings into a winning formula
LATimes - over 3 years
L.A. producer Sam Spiegel has a knack for fusing artists' different aesthetics (think Ol' Dirty Bastard and David Byrne) into one big musical party. Musician and producer Sam Spiegel lives in a wooden A-frame house in the Hollywood Hills. It's a beautiful place, but its best feature is an apropos (if possibly apocryphal) history of weird musical collaboration.
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Meet the Wu-Tang Clan of Immigration Reform
Mother Jones - over 3 years
The Senate's Gang of Eight won a major battle for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday, getting its compromise bill through after months of debate and occasional internal strife. The gang's work calls to mind another famous team of disparate personalities who came together to produce a groundbreaking work 20 years earlier. I'm talking, of course, about the Wu-Tang Clan. While the Gang of Eight members have yet to see Killa Bee status, at least their bill now only has to make it through one chamber, not 36. Check out each senator's Wu-Tang doppelgänger. Chuck Schumer / RZA Schumer (D-N.Y.) has taken the lead on immigration reform, with the New York Daily News calling him the bill's "broker, dealmaker, adviser and shaman." Schumer is also the one who formally introduced the bill to the Senate, with every other gang member's name listed after his. RZA is the Wu-Tang Clan's leader, producing the group's albums as well as many of its members' solo efforts. Schumer is a notori ...
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"Family Reunion"
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
This feel-good BBQ jam samples the O'Jays' "Family Reunion" to celebrate 20 years in the rap game and eulogize Ol' Dirty Bastard Does any MC do sentimental better than Ghostface Killah?
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Nicolas B. Aziz: Pop Culture From the Hand and Mind of Justin Hager
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Every once in a while, amidst the surplus of perfectly posed photos of attractive women known as "selfies" that appear in my instagram feed, I find something funny or cool. A few days ago, while perusing through my feed, I was fortunate enough to find something that happened to be both. It was a hand-drawn picture of the four main characters from the legendary John Singleton film, "Boyz n the Hood." However instead of holding a football or a handgun as two of the characters often held in the film, all four were holding a surfboard and wearing pineapple printed shirts. Above the picture were the words "Beach Boyz n the Hood". I was immediately impressed by the quality and wit within the piece. Luckily, the user gave credit to the artist by posting his username within the comment. Ironically I would later find out that a Grammy winning recording artist posted this same picture on his Tumblr page, but was unfortunately not as gracious with the credit-giving. Af ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ol' Dirty Bastard
  • 2004
    Age 35
    Ol' Dirty Bastard collapsed at approximately 4:35 pm (EST) on November 13, 2004 (two days before his 36th birthday) at RZA's recording studio (36 Chambers Records LLC on West 34th Street in New York City).
    More Details Hide Details His funeral was held at Brooklyn's Christian Cultural Center and drew a crowd of thousands. The official cause of death was a drug overdose; an autopsy found a lethal mixture of cocaine and the prescription drug tramadol. The overdose was ruled accidental and witnesses say Ol' Dirty Bastard complained of chest pain on the day he died. Grammy Awards
    He died on November 13, 2004, of a drug overdose, two days before his 36th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details Before his death, Ol' Dirty Bastard recorded his third solo album, which remains unreleased.
    He also managed to record a new album, originally scheduled to be released through Dame Dash Music Group in 2004; it has since been shelved indefinitely.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    In late November 2000, while still a fugitive, he was arrested outside a South Philadelphia McDonald's (at 29th and Gray's Ferry Ave.), after he drew a crowd while signing autographs.
    More Details Hide Details He spent several days in a Philadelphia jail and was later extradited to New York City. A Manhattan court sentenced him to two to four years incarceration. In 2012, his FBI file was released to the public after a Freedom of Information Act request. It contains details of numerous crimes, such as alleged connections to three murders, a shoot out with the New York City Police Department, and a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act investigation against the Wu-Tang Clan. Leading up to his death, Ol' Dirty Bastard's legal troubles and eccentric behavior made him "something of a folk hero", according to The New Yorker writer Michael Agger. Music writer Steve Huey wrote: "it was difficult for observers to tell whether Ol' Dirty Bastard's wildly erratic behavior was the result of serious drug problems or genuine mental instability."
    In October 2000, he escaped from his court-mandated drug treatment facility and spent one month as a fugitive.
    More Details Hide Details During his time on the run, he met with RZA and spent some time in their recording studio. He then appeared onstage at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York drinking from a bottle at the record release party for The W, the third Wu-Tang Clan album.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    In February 1999, he was arrested for driving without a license and for being a convicted felon wearing a bulletproof vest.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, it was illegal for felons to own body armor. Back in New York weeks later, he was arrested for drug possession of crack cocaine and for traffic offenses. With multiple cases in the past and present, he was arrested with marijuana and 20 vials of crack.
    On January 14, 1999 shortly before the Amadou Diallo incident, two officers from the Street Crimes Unit fired eight shots at Ol' Dirty Bastard and accused him of firing at them after they stopped his car in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
    More Details Hide Details Ol' Dirty Bastard was cleared by a grand jury and insists that the officers had been scared by his cellular phone. No weapons or shell casings (besides those of the officers) were found in the vehicle or near the scene.
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In July 1998, only days after being shot in a push-in robbery at his girlfriend's house in Brooklyn, he was arrested for shoplifting a pair of $50 shoes from a Sneaker Stadium store in Virginia Beach, Virginia, although he was carrying close to $500 in cash at the time.
    More Details Hide Details He was issued bench warrants by the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Department to stand trial after he failed to appear in court numerous times. He was arrested for criminal threatening after a series of confrontations in Los Angeles a few weeks later, and was then re-arrested for similar charges not long after that. During a traffic stop, the details of which remain clouded in multiple versions of events, he was arrested for attempted murder and criminal weapon possession. The case was later dismissed.
    In 1998, he pleaded guilty to attempted assault on his wife and was the victim of a home invasion robbery at his girlfriend's house.
    More Details Hide Details He was shot in the back and arm but the wounds were superficial.
    The evening following the traffic accident, Ol' Dirty Bastard rushed on-stage unexpectedly as Shawn Colvin took the stage to give her acceptance speech for Song of the Year at the 1998 Grammy Awards, and he announced he had recently purchased expensive clothes in anticipation of winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album that he lost to Puff Daddy.
    More Details Hide Details As Ol' Dirty Bastard took the stage to a round of applause, he asked the audience, "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!" The incident was widely covered in the mainstream media. In 1999, Ol' Dirty Bastard wrote and recorded his second studio album, Nigga Please, between jail sentences. The album received notable commercial success, although it failed to parallel the critical praise of his debut. This release included the single "Got Your Money", which garnered worldwide chart success. The song was produced by The Neptunes and featured chorus vocals by R&B singer Kelis.
    In February 1998, Ol' Dirty Bastard witnessed a car accident from the window of his Brooklyn recording studio.
    More Details Hide Details He and a friend ran to the accident scene and organized about a dozen onlookers, who assisted in lifting the 1996 Ford Mustang—rescuing a 4-year-old girl from the wreckage. She was taken to a hospital with first and second degree burns. Using a false name, Ol' Dirty Bastard visited the girl in the hospital frequently until he was spotted by members of the media.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    In 1997, Ol' Dirty Bastard appeared on the Wu-Tang Clan's second and most commercially successful work, the double album Wu-Tang Forever.
    More Details Hide Details He had fewer appearances on this album than the group's debut, contributing to one solo track ("Dog Shit"), three verses ("Maria", "Reunited", "Heaterz"), one hook ("As High as Wu-Tang Get"), and a spoken introduction/refrain ("Triumph").
  • 1996
    Age 27
    His caseworker revoked his eligibility after seeing the MTV segment, and the incident was viewed as an example of the welfare abuses that led to the significant welfare reforms enacted in 1996.
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    Ol' Dirty Bastard's solo career began March 28, 1995.
    More Details Hide Details His first solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, spawned the hit singles "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya", which helped propel the album to platinum status. The album's sound was noted by several music writers as being as "raw and gritty" as 36 Chambers, with RZA and 4th Disciple producing beats of an even more minimalist and stripped-down style than on the group's debut album. In this same year, Ol' Dirty Bastard collaborated with Mariah Carey for the "Fantasy Remix". It was around this time that Ol' Dirty Bastard gained notoriety when, as he was being profiled for an MTV biography, he took two of his seven children by limousine to a New York State welfare office to cash a $375 welfare check and receive food stamps; his latest album was still in the top ten of the US charts. The entire incident was filmed by an MTV camera crew and was broadcast nationwide. Although he had recently received a $45,000 cash advance for his first solo album and was earning a cut of the profits from the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, Ol' Dirty Bastard was still listed as eligible for welfare and food stamps due to the fact that he had not yet filed his taxes for the current year.
  • 1993
    Age 24
    The group released their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in 1993, receiving notable commercial and critical success.
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    He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group primarily from Staten Island, New York which first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).
    More Details Hide Details After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol' Dirty Bastard went on to pursue a successful solo career and contributed as a rapper/producer for the Fugees. However, his professional success was hampered by frequent legal troubles, including incarceration.
  • 1980
    Age 11
    Ol' Dirty Bastard was noted for his "outrageously profane, free-associative rhymes delivered in a distinctive half-rapped, half-sung style". His stage name was derived from the 1980 martial arts film Ol' Dirty and the Bastard (also called An Old Kung Fu Master, starring Yuen Siu-tien).
    More Details Hide Details Russell Jones was born on November 15, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York. He and his cousins Robert Diggs and Gary Grice shared a taste for rap music and martial arts-style movies. Jones, Diggs, and Grice (later known as Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA, and GZA respectively) formed the group Force of the Imperial Master, which subsequently became known as All in Together Now after their successful underground single of the same name. They eventually added six more members to their group, calling it the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • 1968
    Born on November 15, 1968.
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