- NAME: Ol' Dirty Bastard
- OCCUPATION: Rapper
- BIRTH DATE: November 15, 1968
- DEATH DATE: November 13, 2004
- Did You Know?: On his second album, Ol' Dirty Bastard performed a cover of "Good Morning Heartache," known as a Billie Holiday classic.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Brooklyn, New York
- Originally: Russell Tyrone Jones
- AKA: Russell Jones
- AKA: Ol' Dirty Bastard
- Nickname: ODB
- Nickname: Dirt McGirt
- Nickname: Big Baby Jesus
- Nickname: Osirus
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Ol' Dirty Bastard, a controversial rapper who was part of the Wu-Tang Clan, was known for hits like "Ghetto Supastar" before succumbing to drug addiction.
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Elektra, his record label, released the compilation album The Dirty Story: The Best of Ol' Dirty Bastard in late summer 2001. The next year, the D-3 label released the album The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, a project containing some rhymes from Dirty and filled out by additional rappers.
Jones was signed by Roc-A-Fella records upon his release from prison in 2003 and began creation of a new album. Working in the studio in the late afternoon on November 13, 2004, Jones experienced severe chest pain and collapsed. He died two days before his 36th birthday. It was later found that he had accidentally overdosed from a mix of cocaine and the pain medication tramadol.
A documentary on ODB's life, Dirty: One Word Can Change the World, was released in 2009. As of 2013, two movies on the rapper's life are slated to be released. One, with a tentative title almost exactly like the documentary's, focuses on Jones' youth and his rise to fame. The other, Dirty White Boy, focusing on the rapper's later years, is slated to feature actor Michael K. Williams from the HBO series The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. ODB's cousin and Wu-Tang bandmate Diggs is involved with both original films.
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