Eight years ago on this day, cocaine and pain killers took Ol' Dirty Bastards life. He was two days shy of his 36th birthday.
He was called the Ol' Dirty Bastard because there was no father to his style, and eight years after his death, he still doesn't have a worthy heir. It wouldn't be enough to celebrate ODB's life with just the stuff you heard on the albums: his public persona was too large, too era and genre-defining to leave out. We've compiled some rare performances, both solo and with Wu Tang, in order to pay tribute to the Drunken Master as only he can (and should) be remembered.
To start, here's an amazing “Brooklyn Zoo” performance...
...followed by an incredible freestyle.
That one wasn't long enough. Here's another one.
What the hell, here's another one, for an appearance with Method Man.
Yeah, it's a studio cut, but you need to hear this rare ODB cut “Coochie” with a golden-age Ludacris
Yep, that's Jay-Z.
A bit of “Dog Shit” performed live.
Ason droppin' knowledge before and during an early Wu-Tang set...
...where he performed the classic “Shame On A Nigga” with the clan.
Another early, early set...
Oh my god, this is the best birth control PSA ever.
...and in conclusion...