I cannot for the life of me stop thinking about a DirkJohn meetcute of John looking for a job and wandering into a windowless shop with a HELP WANTED sign, because hey! He is help! And also broke! Only to find himself immediately confronted with a row of disturbingly aberrant vibrators and some badly dressed anime brodude sitting behind the counter reading The Cyborg Manifesto while Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” plays in what he has discovered to be a fucking adult boutique and promptly takes out a whole stand of novelty sex coupons/booklets in his hasty exit.
Nine years ago today, Russell Jones known the world over as Ol Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan passed away at the age of 35. Possessing a drunken, sing-song rap style ODB (also lovingly known as the Big Baby Jesus) loomed largest in a group rife with monolithic personalities. He had a “deep tight flow” Jacques Cousteau couldn’t reach and was ready to turn “psycho killer, Norman Bates” at a moment’s notice.
Frequently hampered by legal troubles, Jones only completed two solo albums during his scattershot career and with every subsequent Wu-Tang album release his appearances noticeably diminished. Even still ODB remained a prominent member of the group, famously storming the stage during the ‘98 Grammys and saving a 4-year-old girl from a car accident just the day before the infamous incident.
After he passed away from a drug overdose at the age of 35 in his cousin the RZA’s recording studio, his funeral was attended by a crowd of thousands. When speaking to his own erratic in a mid-90s MTV interview, Jones neatly summarized “I don’t hide nothing back”.