Ol' Dirty Bastard

Genres: Urban Urban / Rap
Tags: hip-hop rap wu-tang hip hop gangsta rap Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Russell Tyrone Jones, 15 November 1968, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 13 November 2004, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a founder member of Staten Island’s highly influential Wu-Tang Clan crew. His 1995 solo debut, however, was disappointingly formulaic. The album was interesting only on those tracks (‘Brooklyn Zoo’, ‘Cuttin’ Headz’ and ‘Snakes’) which featured the familiar beats of the Wu-Tang Clan’s producer, RZA. Other guests from the Wu-Tang Clan included Method Man and U-God. At the time of the album’s release, Ol’ Dirty Bastard was pursued by police into an apartment. It was not a burglary, he claimed, but an attempt to escape from an assassin. A week later the same assailant shot him twice in the back.

The rapper continued to work with the Wu-Tang Clan and affiliated releases, but also figured prominently on Pras’ 1998...

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