“Wu-Tang Clan”… Enter The (Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
Better known as Russell Jones who was a rapper and producer, associated with the “Wu-Tang Clan.” Now I never really heard of Wu-Tang very much back then (Except For The Martial Arts Movie With The Two Grey Haired Old Guys That Were Masters Kicking Some Serious Butt), I just started to hear songs by KRS-ONE.
Wu-Tang came later for me when I first heard their songs, LOL I didn’t catch on to many of them. But there were a few a did like, some in particular that was done by ODB himself (Ol’ Dirty Bastard), he had a weird style of rapping but it was different and he had talent that was displayed in his way of words and old school beats that went into his songs.
He would say in his songs lines like, “I came to a city, and I saw a wu-tang sword.” He also was highly known for his profane trademark techniques when he approached the microphone, and his friend the “RZA”, was the one who gave him the nickname “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”.
He also had other nicknames for the stage like:
- Ason Unique
- Big Baby Jesus
- Dirt McGirt (Which Is Mentioned In One Of His Tracks Maybe Others As Well)
Jones was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. He and his two cousins Gary Grice and Robert Diggs, and they based most of their energy towards martial art movies and rap music. So basically the three took the names, “OL Dirty Bastard”=Russell, “GZA”=Gary Grice, and “RZA”=Robert Diggs they formed the group Force of the Imperial Master.
Later on in their claim to fame, they inducted 6 other members into their group which formed the “Wu-Tang Clan”. Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s solo career took off in 95′ with “Return to the 36 Chambers”, amongst the tracks of that album that help pushed it for the platinum status rank were:
- “Brooklyn Zoo”
- “Shimmy Shimmy Ya“
- “Baby C’mon”, Baby C’mon”
Which was one that I liked, quite a bit LOL the song has a twisted style of rap that only Ol Dirty Bastard could come up with.
Later Jones was invited to do a biography highlight with MTV, during the course of the biography he took two of his thirteen kids by limousine to a welfare office to pick up his welfare check. The title of his latest track which he made off the underlined words behind this sentence, would go on to hit the top ten charts in the U.S.
He also went on to write other tracks like “Nigga Please” in 99′, “Got Your Money” which gained popularity and attention from the fan base world wide.
“The Insane Clown Posse” invited Jones to appear on their cover album for $30,000 dollars, the album name was “The Amazing Jeckel Brothers.”
Two years later Jones ran into trouble with Cocaine use, which landed him in jail for possession of the substance. Shortly after Elektra Records went on to release ODB’s greatest hits album, as Elektra Records planned to break their contact with Jones plus they would gain revenue from the mass public in doing so.
Jones faced legal troubles which didn’t make things any better, and on top of that another record cohort “D-3 records” would release the album in 2002 called “The Trails And Tribulations of Russell Jones.”
They were tracks that were basically just put together, and created without Russell’s knowledge (Meaning They Copied His Voice And filled In Parts of The Song Without His Input).
After he was released from prison, Jones decided to sing a contract with Roc-A-Fella Records. He was placed under house arrest at his mother’s home, under court-ordered probation. He starred in a VH1 special called “Inside Out: Ol’ Dirty Bastard On Parole” , the next year he recorded a new album which was to be released through the “Dame Dash Music Group“, but it was pushed back never being released.
Finally that same year in 04′ he put together another track called “Jon B”, and in October of 04′ Jones died of an overdose of cocaine at 35 years old.
But this is a tribute to ‘Ol Dirty Bastard’. “Wu-Tang Clan” rap artist and co-creator… My favorite track he did is at the bottom (“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” & “Baby C’mon).
And here is the complete song to Baby C’mon
“Wu-Tang Clan”… Enter The (Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
(By: Jaye Irons)
Till Then My Motto: Stay cool, calm, collective, knowing that the only thing that keeps you from making a difference in life is yourself strive for the best!
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