OL' DIRTY BASTARD: When Russell Jones, aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard, aka Big Baby Jesus, aka Dirt McGirt aka aka aka etc., died in November 2004 at age 35, HipHop lost one of its most shockingly original personalities. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, so named because there was “no father to his style,” was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. And even in a clique as artistically diverse and unique as the Clan, ODB stood out.

With a wild, at times incoherent rhyme style that led to lines like “Burn me, I get into shit, I let it out like diarrhea / Got burnt once, but that was only gonorrhea,” and bizarre out of studio antics that, among other things, gave us the classic quote, “Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is for the children,” Ol’ Dirty Bastard earned his place alongside Flavor Flav and Kool Keith as one of HipHop’s great offbeat luminaries.

This piece is dedicated to the MC with nearly as many aliases as children and features his verses from one of his first songs, “Shame on a Nigga,” from the classic Wu debut Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers:


Ol' Dirty Bastard, live and uncut!

Styles unbreakable, shatterproof / To the young youth, ya wanna get gun? Shoot!

BLAOW! How you like me now? Don't fuck the style / Ruthless wild!

Do ya wanna getcha teeth knocked the FUCK out? / Wanna get on it like that, well then shout!

Shame on a nigga who try to run game on a nigga who’s buckwild with the trigger!

Yo! I come with that ol' loco style from my vocal / Couldn't peep it with a pair of bifocals

I'm no joker! Play me as a joker / Be on you like a house on fire! Smoke ya!

Crews be actin’ like they gangs, anyway / Be like, "Warriors! Come out and playiyay!"

Burn me, I get into shit, I let it out like diarrhea / Got burnt once, but that was only gonorrhea

Dirty, I keep shit stank in my drawers / So I can get fizza-funky for yah

Murder, taste the flame of the Wu-Tang RAHH!

Here comes the Tiger verse Crane!

Ow, be like wild with my style

Punk! You playing me, chump, you get DUMPED

WU! Is comin’ THROUGH! At a theatre near YOU! / And get funk like a SHOE!