Ol' Dirty Bastard
Russell Tyrone Jones who is known as, "Ol' Dirty Bastard" is one of the founding members of the legendary Hip-Hip collective known as the Wu-Tang Clan. ODB was born in Brooklyn, New York where he developed a passion for Hip-Hop and classic martial arts films alongside his cousins Robert Diggs (RZA) and Gary Grice (GZA). These three would form the Hip-Hop group, "Force of the Imperial Master” that would eventually turn into the highly-talented collective of lyrical swordsmen known as the Wu-Tang Clan.
ODB would make his debut into Hip-Hop through Wu-Tang's first album, "Enter The 36 Chambers" that is often revered as one of the most complete and impactful Hip-Hop albums ever. ODB would leave his outrageous and slick rhyme style imprinted throughout the project on tracks such as, "Shame On A Nigga", "Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber", "Da Mystery of Chessboxin" and "Protect Ya Neck".
ODB's debut solo 1995 album, "Return to the 36 Chambers" would be his best work he would release due to him unfortunately passing away at the age of thirty-six. The album would go on to sell more than a million copies and become a certified platinum project and would bolster the hit singles, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and "Brooklyn Zoo". His sophomore effort, "N***A Please" would not achieve the success his first album did but would still feature a huge song, "Got Your Money". ODB also was able to land multiple seminal Hip-Hop and Pop collaborative songs including, "Ghetto Superstar" and "Fantasy".
Ultimately, ODB's contributions to arguably one of the best Hip-Hop groups of all time paired with his solo work cement ODB as a very integral part of Hip-Hop history forever.