November 14, 2004 by

O.D.B.

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Categories: Business, Criminals, Musicians

odb.jpgRap artist O.D.B., a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, collapsed and died on Nov. 13 in a Manhattan recording studio. Cause of death was not released. He was 35.
Although his legal name was Russell Tyrone Jones, O.D.B. went by many monikers: Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Dirt McGirt, Joe Bannanas, Osiris, Unique Ason and Big Baby Jesus. In 1992, he helped form the Wu-Tang Clan, a Staten Island-based hip hop collective that was designed to showcase the talents of its nine MCs.
Buoyed by the success of the group’s debut, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” O.D.B. signed with Elektra and released his first solo effort, “Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version,” in 1995. His free-associative rhymes pushed the singles “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Brooklyn Zoo” up the charts and afforded him the opportunity to live large. With a gold record under his belt, the Brooklyn native soon developed a reputation for being wild, controversial and thoroughly unpredictable.
O.D.B. launched the Osirus Entertainment record label, started his own clothing line and released his second solo album, “Nigga Please.” In 1998, he helped save a little girl’s life after she was hit by a car (he and his friends physically lifted the vehicle off of her).
A few days after the rescue, however, O.D.B. received a great deal of negative publicity when he behaved like a sore loser at the Grammy Awards. Upset that rapper P. Diddy (then known as Puff Daddy) won the award for best rap album, O.D.B. stormed the stage during singer Shawn Colvin’s acceptance speech, took over the microphone and complained that he had spent a lot of money on his clothes because he thought the Wu-Tang Clan was going to win. He later apologized for his behavior.
O.D.B. also had an extensive arrest record that included making terrorist threats, illegal possession of body armor, failure to pay child support, driving with a suspended license, shoplifting, lewd behavior and assault. He was ordered to attend drug rehabilitation in 2000, but left the Los Angeles clinic before completing the program. In 2001, he was sentenced to two to four years in prison for drug possession, plus two concurrent years for escaping from rehab.
Upon his release from prison in 2003, O.D.B. made a cameo appearance on Mariah Carey’s pop song, “Fantasy.” The father of 13 children, he was working on a comeback album at the time of his death.
Shimmy Shimmy Ya Download “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
Brooklyn Zoo Download “Brooklyn Zoo”

37 Responses to O.D.B.

  1. Scott Birney

    RIP ODB, there simply wouldn’t have been a Wu-Tang without you. Your vocal styles will be remembered forever, and you will never be forgotten yourself. I love you

  2. Mike24

    It’s a great loss for the hiphop community. Never a rapper has owned such vocal skills & madness at the same time.
    I had learnt each of his text, trained to be close to his insane perfection, and It will be a long time before a rapper give me such feelings.
    I think The Wu has gone bad since he kinda left (o ‘d been left due to the jail) and it will never be da same.
    Please forgive my “french” english,
    Luv and admiration for ya Grand Master ODB.

  3. christophe

    Much respect to ODB’s unique vocal style and facial expressions. It is a sad day for me here in France and I know he has quite a few fans in France and worldwide.
    We loved the way you were bad and original at the same time.
    You stayed true to your game and said what was on your mind, now that’s real hip hop for me.
    You were real and no matter where you are, we will always love you and remember you.
    They might imitate you, but you’ll never be replaced.
    R.I.P ODB… We love you WORLDWIDE.

  4. Dirty Dan the Fly Dutchman

    Ol’ Dirty… thank u for shakin’up niggaz and shit… thanx for helpin me realize anything’s possible and haaatchoum!! sneezzz… god bless… the fruits of your loins… all 13 of ’em.
    Love ya bro…rest in peace

  5. shogun assasin

    one love goes out to my nigga odb for inspiring me to keep it real and without you and the wu, i wouldnt have got interested in the rap game. so peace and respect to you a true legend. may you stay the way you are. you probably exchanging ill versus with tupac.
    RIP ODB………

  6. Kenton

    Ol Dirty Dirty, you was one of the most original MCs in the rap game, no one will ever come close to your lyrics or style
    R.I.P and much Love ODB

  7. John Everett Kelton

    I dont really know where to start when i think bout it cuz there is a lot I can say bout him, but never actually knew him or met him personally but really enjoyed his music. I remember bein in middle school and hearin people say lines from the Dirty version in the halls and lockerooms but didnt know what they where talkin bout until later. I feel he is one of the few emcee’s that actually did what he wanted to and not what others wanted him too. I just wish i could hear a shit load more of his music cuz to me he is one of the best ground breakin emcees i to spit. I thank all of yall for supportin him that knew him and for those bitches that wanna talk shit bout him i dont need so say nothing. I will let odb do his work on yall asses.
    Rip Russel Jones
    May God let you in his heavenly gates and not turn you away.

  8. william

    YEAHH..REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO GO TO THE CREEK..AND DIP OUR HEADZ IN THE WATER……
    UNIQUE ASON YOU ARE GOD! MANY HERE ON EARTH MIS-UNDERSTOOD YOU AS DID JESUS. YOU HAVE THE TALENT AND VISION THAT SEPERATES YOU FROM THE REST. I WILL NEVER FORGET SEEING YOU ROCK THE MIC IN CHI-TOWN. YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO THE ART YOUR UNIQUE SOUL THAT BROUGHT OUT THE “DIRT” IN ALL OF US.
    REST IN PEACE GOD!!!!

  9. Comeback

    Osirus, rest easy. Respect to your style, respect to your beats. P. Diddy sucks, wu tang is for the kids. Heaven or hell, we’ll see.
    u dont gotta rhyme no more… niggas know.

  10. owen420

    Wu Tang Forever – you made some really amazing tracks and should have won that award in 98 fuk p diddy lol… RIP Dirty

  11. jay

    ol’dirty bastard was to me the one of the rawest rappers alive I wanted him to be the new starchild of p-funk,little rap with a whole lotta F-U-N-K. RIPODB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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