Ol’ Dirty Bastard died of a suspected drug overdose nine years ago (although it’s rumoured he was bumped off by the FBI). Dirty brought an unrivalled sense of eccentricity to Hip Hop where you’d watch him and go, “this guy is a lunatic… but a lunatic that I’ve got a lot of time for”.
Since then a few guys are worth mentioning for their shock value: Brotha Lynch Hung, Poetic, Necro and even Riff Raff, among others, but they still don’t do it like Dirty did. So what makes a rapper of O.D.B’s calibre?
Wild As Hell
Whether he was turning up drunk and high to freestyle on MTV Raps or giving you an insight into his style in the Brooklyn projects — Dirty was wild as hell.
Teaching The Children
When Puff Daddy pipped O.D.B at the 1998 Grammy Awards — winning Best Rap Album — Dirty took to the stage voicing his discontent at the poor decision.
He said, “Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best, okay?” This wasn’t some Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift s**t.