“Pop Shit” featured Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s unmistakable vocal presence and incorporated some of Pharrell’s signature singing style. An unbridled party record filled with references to getting high and getting away with wild escapades, the song in many ways is the embodiment of who O.D.B. was as an artist – uncut, raw, and liable to get you insanely amped up. Beyond his massive presence on the recording, Dirt McGirt’s energy in the studio at the time of the song’s recording was enough to make Pharrell geek out. In a clip from a Vh1 program documenting Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s life on parole, The Neptunes can be seen in the studio laying down the track with their featured guest. “I need that ‘wow’ shit,” P tells O.D.B. at one point before suggesting that he try to sing something. It’s at that point when Dirty says “I’ll do it, but I want your touch on it, man.” P ain’t having it, and rebuffs O.D.B., explaining he wants O.D.B. to sing on the intro to the song. Dirt is clearly outside of his comfort zone, but takes up the challenge head on – and leaves the entire studio entourage wired.
[via Ambrosia For Heads]