Ol’ Dirty Bastard Dies – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Nov. 13, in hip-hop history...
2004: On Nov. 13, 2004, eccentric MC and Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard collapsed at approximately 4:35 p.m. at RZA's recording studio in New York City. Ol' Dirty Bastard, born Russell Tyrone Jones, was pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m. His funeral was held in Brooklyn's Christian Cultural Center. ODB's official cause of death was determined to be an accidental drug overdose, with an autopsy finding a lethal mixture of cocaine and the prescription pain killer Tramadol.
One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, ODB is known as one of the more beloved members of the crew. He is famous for his trademark "drunken monkey" style of rapping and erratic behavior, including famously crashing the Grammy award stage to say "Wu-Tang is for the children."
ODB first came to prominence on Wu-Tang Clan's classic debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). ODB's music touched many lives and helped forge a foundation for the popularity of hip-hop today. Some of the hits that Ol' Dirty Bastard helped create include "C.R.E.A.M," "Protect Ya Neck," and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" among others. Whether it was as Ol' Dirty Bastard, ODB, Dirt McGirt, Big Baby Jesus and all the other stops in between, Ol' Dirty Bastard is one rap veteran who will never be forgotten.
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