Ol' Dirty Bastard

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About Ol' Dirty Bastard

With his howling half-sung rap style, off-the-wall personality, and wacky sense of humor, rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard was the most colorful and controversial member of the Wu-Tang Clan. • ODB’s stage name was inspired by the 1980 martial arts film Ol’ Dirty and the Bastard. • After the 1993 release of Wu-Tang’s groundbreaking debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), ODB became the second group member to put out a solo album. • His solo debut, 1995’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, featured the popular singles “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Brooklyn Zoo.” He rounded out the year with a guest verse on Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy (Remix).” • The rapper’s 1999 sophomore effort, N***a Please, spawned the hit “Got Your Money,” produced by The Neptunes. • Throughout his career, Dirt was plagued by legal troubles, mental health issues, and struggles with addiction. He died in 2004 at the age of 35.

Brooklyn, NY, United States of America
November 15, 1968

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