The late great Ol’ Dirty Bastard is to be immortalised in a biopic. The film, Dirty White boy, will concentrate on the latter stage of his life and his relationship with former VH1 intern Jarred Wesifeld, who went on to become his manager. Michael Kenneth Williams - Omar from The Wire - has signed up to play the rapper with members of the Wu Tang Clan expected to play themselves. That was until Wu members Ghostface Killah and the RZA said they won’t appear.
Hopes were high the film would surpass Eminem’s 8 Mile and The Notorious B.I.G’s Notorious as the best hip-hop biopic ever made. Now with influential Wu Tang members seemingly distancing themselves from the project it’s more likely to end up more like the 50 Cent’s underwhelming Get Rich Or Die Trying.
Either way we’ll have to wait until next year to find out, but in the meantime let’s celebrate the life of one of the maddest and baddest rappers to ever pick up a cordless mic. Russell Jones, aka Ol’ Dirty, aka Big Baby Jesus’, aka Dirt McGirt, aka Osiris (I could go on) had more aliases than a J.J Abrams box set. But he didn’t just collect nicknames, his unique flow worked over a surprisingly diverse set of tracks.
Here are 12 absolute bangers that he graced.
The Dirty Dozen
If you didn’t live in Staten Island, New York in the early 90s this would have probably been your introduction to Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Random Lyric: Yo! I come with that ol' loco, style from my vocal,
Couldn't peep it with a pair of bi-focals
The opening track to Ol’ Dirty’s first and best solo album. Tell anyone on Facebook that you ‘like it raw’ and watch those who know fill in the rest of the lyrics.
Random Lyric: For any em-cee in any fifty two states,
I get psycho, killer, Norman Bates
And you thought Busta was mental.
Random Lyric: And I'm the Dirty Dawg can't fuck with me,
Took Mariah (Carey) on a Fantasy
The debut single from his debut album and one of the angriest tracks you’ll ever hear. When played in the club the dance floor is not a place for the faint hearted.
Random Lyric:I drop science like girls be droppin babies,
Enough to make a nigga go cra-a-azy
While Bad Boy and Death Row were having their intercoastal spat proper MCs like Dirt McGurt and L.A pissheads The Liks decided to get drunk with stunning results.
Random Lyric: What? You the king in the chair on my ground,
The Tyson of sound, it's twenty seconds to a round.
Wu had their heavy weights out for the first track on their long awaited second studio album and of course Big Baby Jesus gets a verse.
Random Lyric: Bitch ass niggaz counterfeit the funk
I smoke the bead and the skunk, treetop of the trunk
Ol’ Dirt Dog’s solo joint on Wu Forever. From any other rapper this sounds like the unedited ramblings of a mad man, when Ol’ Dirty does it you nod your head and sing along.
Random Lyric: The dog piss on MC's like trees,
Got meals but still grill that old good welfare cheese
Freeloading Rusty did a rap for Maria Carey on Fantasy and spit a little something on SWV’s Anything, but this is the first Ol’ Dirty track that girls danced to. It doesn’t matter if it’s in some hip-hop club or your local Oceana, this bad boy filled the floor.
Random Lyric: Just dance! If you caught up in the holy ghost trance,
If you stop! I'm gonna put the killer ants in your pants
No explanation necessary, this one just bangs.
Random Lyric: If I don't get paid 2 or 3 million dollars on Monday,
I'm a bring on the ARMAGEDDON! (It's Monday)
Probably not his finest verse but deserves a mention as it was recorded over the phone while he was in jail. Later that year he turned heads when he appeared on stage at The W record release party, he was a fugitive at the time.
Random Lyric: Pee in the bed, I'm frustrated,
For 29 years, no educated
ODB loved a singsong. He did an amazing version of Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher (imaginatively titled Dirty the Moocher) and bust out a homage of Jim Croce’s Bad Bad Leroy Brown on the posse track Snakes from Return to the 36 Chambers. Here he teaches a new generation of hip-hop fans the lyrics to The Foundations Build Me Up Buttercup.
Lyrics: Why do you build me up (build me up) buttercup,
Baby just to let me down (just to let me down),
Mess me around, and then worst of all (worst of all),
You never call baby when you say you will (when you say you will),
But I love you still, I need you! (I need you!),
More than anyone darlin’ you know that I have from the start,
Build me up (build me up),
Buttercup, don't break my heart
This was the last official track released with Ol’ Dirty as a member of the Wu.
Random Lyric: Not sayin Ason, is like a duck of disco
Or a disco duck, I'm strictly hip hop
Yo, Ason, what's up? I can't stop...
Rest. In. Peace.
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