It really is hard to believe it's already been ten years since we lost Ol' Dirty Bastard. The in-your-face Wu-Tang Clan staple died on November 13, 2004, just days before his 36th birthday, of an apparent drug overdose. Despite his personal troubles ODB lived quite a full life and left a memorable legacy we're still talking about decade later. In honor of the late rapper check out our ten favorite ODB moments:
1. The time he almost blew himself up while performing
"Ghetto Superstar" at the 1998 Video Music Awards
Pras had to pull the probably inebriated ODB away from the set's pyrotechnics as the song ended; two seconds longer, and we would have lost Big Baby Jesus a few years earlier.
2. ODB confusing Drew Barrymore with E.T.
In this absolutely perfect interview with MTV's John Norris, ODB asked if Barrymore was "the girl with the bald head" in E.T.
3. ODB bumrushing the stage during Shawn Colvin's acceptance
speech at the 1998 Grammys
After losing the award for Best Rap Album earlier in the evening, ODB stormed the stage during Colvin's acceptance speech for Song of the Year. "I went and bought me an outfit today that costed me a lot of money today," ODB said. "Because I figured Wu-Tang was going to win. I don't know how y'all see it, but when to comes it to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best. I want you to know that this is ODB, and I love you all." Who can argue with that?
4. Ghostface Killah's favorite memories of his former
There are numerous amazing anecdotes in this interview, but here's our favorite:
"He loved p-ssy so much I seen the ni--a wrap gauze around his d--k (after getting a STD). Then he put the condom over the gauze so his dick was looking like that fat [makes giant hand gesture]. He still f--ked the b-tch."
5. The time ODB performed exactly one verse at the Hammerstein Ballroom while wanted by
In the fall of 2000, Ol' Dirty Bastard escaped from a court-ordered drug treatment center. While on the lam, he spent some time recording with RZA but, in a much bolder move, performed one verse on stage at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom (while swigging a bottle, natch) at the record release party for Wu-Tang Clan's The W. Several weeks later, he was arrested in the parking lot of a McDonald's after a crowd gathered for autographs.
6. A fly-on-the-wall perspective of ODB as he recorded the final verse for his 1998 song, "I Can't Wait"
Among others, ODB gives a shoutout to the following: babies, submarines, the women, all the munchkins, schoolteachers, "them crazy ni--as in parts of the world that I never been too," the "Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines" who play "(his) music in the submarines and boats," Eskimos and, of course, himself.
7. ODB's Early Years
In the same interview with The Playlist, RZA recounts some early memories of ODB. "Me and [ODB] ran through this city, man, cutting school, stealin’ pretzels from the hot dog stand, being vagabonds, sleeping on the trains, drinking 40s on the back of the A Train, rapping, getting chased by the police."
8. The time he delivered an A+ rant in Brooklyn while
wearing no shoes
Not sure a description can do this one justice, so please just watch. Okay, fine, here's one highlight: "This is for the children. Before I wasn't really for the children, because y'all are some little bastards, y'all some bad motherf--kers. But I realized when I was a kid, I was a little bastard too. I was bad like a motherf--ker too. So to all my little bad bastards out there, keep being bad. Just make sure you get a good education. You don't have to tell your teacher off. Tell that teacher off with education. Bomb his ass. White devil, motherf--kers. When I say white devil, I'm just sayin' that you got some good devils and you got some bad devils."
9. ODB picking up food stamps in a limo
If you're a famous rapper who still, somehow, qualifies for food stamps, why not pick them up in a limo? And, for kicks, why not bring MTV News along for the ride. Said ODB: "You owe me 40 acres and a mule anyway. For real." Fair point.
10. ODB takes the freestyle to another, extremely drunken, level on Yo! MTV Raps
For all we know, this is the most brilliant freestyle of all-time; only problem is, we can only understand about half of it.