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Old 11-13-04, 07:15 PM
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Ol' Dirty Bastard, dead at 35

I hate that the only posts I make are obits. RIP, Ol' Dirty.

Ol' Dirty Bastard Dead

Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard passed away today (November 12). The cause of death is not known at press time.

While details are sketchy, sources told AllHipHop.com that the rapper collapsed and died in a Manhattan recording studio.

The nine members of the veteran rap group were scheduled to appear tonight at The Theater at the Continental Airlines Arena for their first joint East Coast appearance in five years.

One of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, the 35-year-old helped lay down the foundation for some of the most influential Hip-Hop in history.

He brought an air of humor to the macho world of rap, yet maintained enough integrity to be taken serious amongst a fickle Hip-Hop audience.

The Brooklyn born rapper was featured on Wu-Tang’s groundbreaking album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Shortly afterwards, he was shot in the stomach by another rapper during an argument on the street in Brooklyn.

He recovered and released the classic Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, which spawned the hit singles "Brooklyn Zoo" and "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," which powered the album to gold status.

In 1998 the rapper further solidified his place in Hip-Hop history. That year, he rushed out of a recording studio to help save the life of a four-year-old girl who had been hit by a car and was trapped underneath.

The next day he appeared at the Grammy Awards and rushed the stage during Shawn Colvin’s acceptance speech for her Grammy Award winning song “Sunny.”

Dressed in a red suit, the rapper told the crowd that Wu-Tang shouldn’t have lost their Grammy to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and then uttered the now famous words: “Wu-Tang is for the children.”

In 1998 he was shot again in Brownsville, Brooklyn, after two robbers pushed their way into his girlfriend's apartment. The bandits stole money and jewelry and shot ODB once. The bullet entered his back and went through his body, all superficial wounds.

After being treated in a New York emergency room, he ignored doctor’s warnings and left the hospital.

He was arrested several more times the following year for various charges, including threatening bouncers at the House of Blues in Los Angeles and for lounging on his balcony in the nude in Berlin, Germany. No charges were filed in that case.

Later that year, he was arrested and charged with attempted murder, after police claimed he jumped out of his car and started shooting at them. Those charges were dismissed when the police failed to present credible evidence.

In October of 2000, the rapper was almost finished a stint in rehab when he made a run for it, spending a month as a fugitive, during which time he performed at the Hammerstein Ballroom in front of hundreds of stunned fans.

He left the premise that evening but was captured a short time later in Philadelphia, singing autographs in a McDonald's parking lot.

He was extradited to New York, where he stood trial. In April of 2001, he received a sentence of two to four years in state prison.

After emerging triumphantly from jail and rehab, the rapper inked a deal with Roc-A-Fella Records in May of 2003.

I'm happy to be here,” Ol' Dirty said at the press conference. “I thought I wasn't gonna be able to touch another microphone. I'm happy my eyes are still open."

The rapper also had launched his own clothing line, Dirty Wear.

The news comes as Hip-Hop community was mourning the passing of another rapper, Mac Dre, who was shot to death in Kansas City.
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MTV reports,

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard died on Saturday (November 13) in New York, according to his spokesperson.

Sources close to ODB said he had been complaining of chest pains earlier in the day. No further details are available as of yet.

MTV News will have more on this story as it develops.
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I don't care what anyone says "Got Your Money" was a classic.
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Goodbye, Russell. The hip-hop world is duller without you.

(He's RIP, as you can see...)
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Originally posted by Oni$yphon
I don't care what anyone says "Got Your Money" was a classic.

ODB was a one of a kind guy. RIP
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RIP to Russle Jones

*goes and plays "shimmy shimmy ya"*
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that;s a shame... can;t say it is a huge surprise considering his hard living.. but a shame none the less...
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RIP Big Baby Jesus.
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Oh, Dirty.

And I just wrote some stuff about him in my Wu-Tang DVD review yesterday. I hope he's finally at rest.
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I'll never forget that program where a bunch of MTV cameras followed ODB and his kids as they took an expensive limo ride to go pick up his welfare check.

RIP ODB
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He was a one of a kind.

RIP, Osirus.
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WTF?

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His "Return to the 36 Chambers" was a classic in it's own right. Dang, this cat's gonna be missed.
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I feel bad for his 13 children
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I'm glad I got to see him at Rock The Bells ( July 9th 04 ) and speak to him briefly. R.I.P. ODB.
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I'm not a real fan of Rap but I found that his stuff was catchy and entertaining.
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Terribly sad day. RIP Big Baby Jesus
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That sucks, he'll be missed
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Wow. and I thought a Wu Tang get together was in the works.
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Isnt he the one they showed on MTV driving in a limo to get food stamps?
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Originally posted by KevinSmithIsGod
Isnt he the one they showed on MTV driving in a limo to get food stamps?
Yes, that's him.
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Wow. and I thought a Wu Tang get together was in the works.
They did do a full reunion concert, the DVD of which I just reviewed here the day before ODB died.
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I'm sure him and Yasser are together right now.
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RIP ODB

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