Happy Birthday Ol’ Dirty Bastard – 36 Reasons Why We Miss Ason Unique

Today (November 15), would have marked the 42nd birthday of one of hip-hop’s most eclectic and beloved persona’s, Russell Tyrone Jones, better known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard to his fans. Unfortunately, he passed away six years ago on November 13, 2004. The rap world may never witness a talent as rare or, for that matter, as raw as the man they called Ason Unique. In celebration of his born day, we’ve put together a list of 36 reasons—playing of Wu-Tang Clan’s classic 36 Chambers—on why we miss the almighty Dirt Dog. Like the title of his 1995 debut, it’s time to Return to the 36 Chambers y’all, or as Dirty would say, ‘durr durr durr.’ So, let’s have a toast to his memory…


1. You know why Ol’ Dirty Bastard changed his name from Ason Unique before Wu-Tang dropped their debut? Because, as Method Man explained on the group’s first LP, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), there’s “no father” to his style. Anyone care to differ?

2. Nowadays it’s normal to hear rappers sing on their albums, from 50 Cent to Kanye West to Drake, but in the early 1990′s that was unheard of. Then came along Dirty. The man loved to carry a tune and his combination of off-key singing and hardcore rapping was undeniably all his own.

3. When everyone else was posturing on their album covers, either stunting in front of their expensive whips, showing off their stable of girls or just plain mean mugging, ODB used his welfare I.D. as the artwork to his 1995 debut, Return to the 36 Chambers, shocking fans and retailers across the country. The classic image remains one of the hip-hop’s most memorable to this day.

4. While today it’s common for rappers to change their namesakes every few years (we see you Diddy), ODB was the originator of switching up his signature to stay fresh. Although he only released records under his Ason Unique, ODB and Dirt McGirt aliases, he also went by Big Baby Jesus, the oddly spelled Joe Bannanas, Osirus and Dirt Dog. A man with that much charisma had to spread it out.

5. Chris Rock has been making a comeback on rap records lately. He’s on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and apparently will be hosting Busta Rhymes’s new LP, but the funnyman made his hip-hop debut on “Recognize,” the introduction to Dirty’s sophomore album 1999’s Nigga Please. “I’m Chris Rock and I’m chillin’ with the ODB so I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he joked.

6. Listeners don’t even think twice nowadays when they hear Mariah Carey on the radio with a rapper, but the first MC to share the mic with the Grammy-award-winning singer was Dirt Dog on 1995’s hit song “Fantasy” (Remix). In fact, in an interview with CNN, MTV correspondent John Norris argued the pop/hip-hop collaboration is responsible for “the entire wave” of similar records “that we’ve seen since.”

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  • R2j

    I’m 1st. Goin’ Down was funny as hell. My Cousin introduced me to this song. When he did whatever he did the longest then he would burst out into yelling so loud. That s*** was HILARIOUS!!! Also, when he was singing to another female a song called “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

    My favorite songs were Brooklyn Zoo and Recognize
    with Chris Rock. Long live ODB. He was one of my favorite inspirational artists. And he was funny too.

  • Worley

    Nobody speaks to the soul of a drunk man like Ol’ Dirty. I still bump Dirty on the way home from the club.

    Rest in Peace King.

  • BeerGangsta

    RIP!! He would never get the props he deserve by people. God got you know thats all that matter!! Happy BDay!!

  • Deadly MIME

    R.I.P. Ol Dirty Bastard. He’s one of my influences when it comes to rapping. I really don’t partake in his style, but I apreciate the originality of his flow and lyrics. I truly think he was one of the last true MC’s that came with their own original style.

  • RTI

    The only Old School Nigga i do respect.

  • http://www.myspace.com/abcproductions Faraz

    make sure to listen to the track “Gone” ft Rza, Justin Nozuka, Kobra Khan & James Black – Dedicated to ODB and all those gone before us…Your legacy’s will foreva live on..

  • Q461

    ODB sure was a crazy mothafucka. He had some joints too… My favs were Brooklyn Zoo and Got your money….Always wonder how he would have fared with Dame on Rocafella at the time, before he died. I still remember the Chris Rock shit

    ” There’s no way ODB committed all those crimes. Coolio did some of that shit”- chris rock lol.

    RIP Dirty. One of a mothafuckin kind.

  • Dead President

    ‘this aint the young DB its the OL DB’ hahaha ‘this aint the embryo DB’ hahaha dirty was somethin else 4real miss that dude an my man ol dirty loved beatin up dat pussy yo. yes he did. rest up dirt – peace

  • caino

    6yrs damn!! time goes fast!! He is what HipHop is actually missing right now, someone who is original, and did what he wanted to do and fuck the rest !! ODB 4 Life !

  • alderman j