Sunday, November 14, 2004
Dirty ho . . . no mo
Listen to Da Mystery of Chessboxin' This is not a claim to great hip hop knowledge. If you really want the straight goods, go visit Cocaine Blunts. It is, however, a note of respect. Ol Dirty Bastard, formerly of Wu Tang Clan, passed away in a studio in NYC earlier today. Dirty (Russell Jones) had an approach to the mic that was equal parts hillarious and intimidating. He'd scream, grumble and singsong his rhymes. It was a trainwreck, but a fun one to listen to. Unfortunately, Dirt's life away from the mic was just as freakish. Shot by a rival rapper in 1994, he was thrown in jail for failing to pay child support for one of his 13 (!) children in 1995. Later highlights included a drunken rush of the stage at the Grammys, being shot a second time (this time in an attempted robbery) a suicide attempt and a scarily explotive VH1 reality series. R.I.P, O.D.B. R.I.P.