November 15, 2004

Ol' Dirty Bastard Dead

But enough about Arafat...

Anyway, rapper Russell Jones, aka Old Dirty Bastard aka Dirt McGirt aka Big Black Baby Jesus, passed away on Saturday at the age of 35. ODB was a founding member of the groundbreaking rap collective known as the Wu Tang Clan, before later striking out on his own as a solo artist.

Now normally when rappers die, they've got a ton of old material stashed away, making possible years and years of posthumous releases. Either that, or "outtakes" are cobbled together into stand-alone albums. Not sure how much completed stuff ODB has on the shelf, but I fear the outtake thing may have been exhausted, because in 2002 an album, "The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones," was cobbled together out of old ODB tracks. Not because Jones was dead, but because he was doing a prison stretch at the time.

Indeed, Ol' Dirty Bastard's scrapes with the law were legendary, as he was arrested for, among other crimes, shoplifting, missing/falling asleep during court appearances, threats against his wife, illegally wearing body armour, breaking out of a court-mandated rehab facility, failure to pay child support, and sunbathing nude at a hotel in Berlin.

Wu Tang, for what it's worth, reunited for a final show just two days before ODB's death.

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 15, 2004 01:20 AM

"illegally wearing body armour" This one confused me. Do you need a permit for that?

Posted by: Funnya at November 15, 2004 08:06 AM

The media had a hard time with this one. They did not like sayimg Old Dirty Bastard.

Posted by: Michael C at November 15, 2004 12:34 PM

"illegally wearing body armour"

Since 9/11. I no longger question the law, don't want to let the terrorists win.

Posted by: Jeff S at November 15, 2004 01:05 PM

several states, NY and CA prominent among them, have statutes stating that felons convicted of certain violent offenses may not wear body armor. I believe (not certain on this one) that this is a misdemeanor, and is often an add-on offense (like a seatbelt violation - it's never the primary offense that they get you on) when the cops want to charge a high-profile and/or extremely dangerous criminal with as much as they can make stick. I believe (again, not certain) that either Snoop or 50 cent was charged with this at one point, but the charge was subsequently dismissed.

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