10 Things Nobody Ever Knew About ODB: A Retrospective View On The Life Of A Legend


Ol’Dirty Bastard (ODB for short and real name Russell Tyrone Jones) was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 15th 1968. From a young age he and two of his cousins Robert Diggs (RZA) and Gary Grice (GZA) shared a love for rap and martial arts movies. As teenagers they formed a group named Force of the Imperial Master, which later became the infamous Wu-Tang Clan after the addition of six other members.

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After the fame and success of their debut album Enter The Wu Tang: 36 Chambers, ODB began his solo career in March 1995. His first album was entitled Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, which had hits such as “Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” which propelled him to Platinum status and earned him a Grammy nomination. As his career progressed and flourished with the release of the Wu-Tang Clan’s 2nd album Wu Tang Forever and his second solo album Nigga Please, ODB faced many personal issues that resulted in a lengthy criminal record. A slew of convictions that varied from second degree assaults to drug possession and failure to pay child support kept him in and out of prison up until the day of his passing from a drug overdose on November 13, 2014. Today marks the tenth anniversary of this sad day in hip-hop history, the loss of unique soul, innovator and one of a kind rapper. On November 15th, Ol’ Dirty would have been 46 years old.  In honor of his memory let’s explore some things that nobody ever knew about Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

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