Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan is the only rapper to use his welfare card as an album cover; and the only rapper to take America along with him as he used the card to pick up his welfare check.
Ol Dirty Bastard was a breakout star on the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), but as he began his solo career, he contributed less and less to successive albums. In fact, he may have invented more names for himself than verses on Wu-Tang records: Dirt Dog, Dirt McGirt, Freeloading Rusty, Big Baby Jesus, and Knifey McStabb, just to name a few.
But whether he was Big Baby Jesus or Ason Unique, he aaaalways kept it real. He was unrelentingly erratic and seemed to be constantly battling legal troubles. He also was convinced that the government was trying to kill him. But maybe Ol' Dirty was right.
Last month, FBI records were released alleging that the Wu-Tang Clan was a criminal organization and that Dirt Dog was heavily involved in selling drugs and firearms.
Personally, we've never thought that ODB was crazy. Not even for a minute. He always spoke his mind, embraced his lifestyle, and never apologized for it. Every television appearance is a testament to that.
We have a few of those interviews for you; a few are infamous. We'll aaaalways love him, forever.
Ol Dirty interrupts Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech at the 1998 Grammy Awards: Kanye, i'mma let you finish, but ODB had the best interruption of all time. Many people don't know that the night before this famous Grammy incident, ODB saved a four-year-old girl from a car accident after witnessing it from his recording studio. That makes his statement "Wu-Tang is for the children" even more appropriate.
Ol Dirty takes MTV News on a limo ride to pick up his welfare check: This tops all MTV interviews ever conducted. ODB took a camera crew, his kids, and his babies' mother to get their food stamps in a limousine. His defense when asked about welfare reformation? "You owe me 40 acres and a mule anyway!"
Phone interview asking what Ol Dirty contributes to young mothers: A teen mother called into MTV's TRL to speak specifically to Ol' Dirty Bastard about being a young black parent. She asked him what he contributed to struggling teenage parents. She was probably wanting some interesting feedback from the father of 13. She must have been surprised when she heard his candidly honest reply.
ODB says he's no longer "afraid of the government stuff": ODB joins Canibus, Mya, and Pras on the same TRL special as the previous video. While Canibus responds to callers' questions with previously memorized answers, Big Baby Jesus keeps it real. So real that he pops out his fake tooth to discuss how he's not afraid of the government anymore. He does acknowledge that Biggie and Pac were killed by the people in the White House, though.
John Norris' famous ODB interview; "Keep it good, kids": Interviewing ODB was a tough job even for MTV's most seasoned interviewer, John Norris. Clips from this particular interview have been used in numerous songs. A$AP Rocky, for instance, used the soundbyte from 4:50 and Wu Lyf used the last minute in their song, L Y F. L Y F stands for Love You Forever, which Dirt often reminded the yout.
ODB, Ladies' Man: True to ODB form, in this interview he went into great depth about his favorite part of a woman... from how she walks to a woman's "sexy prophecy." Trust us, the content of this video is probably NSFW. Ol' Dirty never failed his own name.