Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004) was an American rapper known by the stage name Ol’ Dirty Bastard (often shortened to ODB by mainstream media). He was one of the founding members of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard simultaneously brought a measure of humor and a touch of the absurd to the Wu-Tang Clan. Often noted for his unusual mic technique (critic Steve Huey writes of Jones’s “outrageously profane, free-associative rhymes” delivered “in a distinctive half-rapped, half-sung style”), Jones’s stage name came from a 1980 kung fu film entitled Ol’ Dirty & The Bastard, the relevance of which was articulated by Method Man’s assertion that there was “no father” to Jones’s style.
After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard went on to a successful solo career. However, his professional success was hampered by his erratic personal behavior and frequent legal troubles, including incarceration. He died in late 2004 of a drug overdose in a recording studio.
Life and Career
Ol’ Dirty Bastard was born R...