Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Tuesday November 10th will be a splendid day for moviegoers… especially if they’re hip hop fans. The ImageNation Cinema Foundation will premiere the Ol’ Dirty Bastard tribute documentary “Dirty: One Word Can Change The World” in Harlem’s National Black Theatre next tuesday November 10th.

Legally known as Russell Jones, ODB is remembered as being the unpredictable member of the Wu-Tang Clan with the distinctive blues-influenced style of rapping and singing. ODB’s off-beat delivery, bizarre lyrics and humorous antics was something new in hip hop and was unlike anything ever introduced to the ear, making him one of the most popular member of the Clan. His individuality through out the group earned him success as a solo artist. His debut album “Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version” went platinum in the U.S. and was followed by controversial titled “N**** Please,” which went gold in both the U.S. and Canada. Just like his Wu-Tang counterparts, Dirty rapped by over a dozen aliases such as Big Baby Jesus, Dirt McGirt, The BZA, and The Drunken Master Styles. ODB passed away from a drug overdose November 13th, 2004- only two days before his 36th birthday.

The film is directed by ODB’s cousin Rasion Allah. He will cover all the highs and lows of the rapper’s life. The documentary will tell the story through interviews with the ones who knows him best such as, of course the Wu, Sunz of Man, Killarmy, the Black Knight, and the Brooklyn Zu- which also included ODB as a member to the camp.

Those in attendance for the feature presentation will be able to enjoy a live performance by the Brooklyn Zu. Along with the performance, viewers will also have the opportunity to witness a discussion cipher with members from the Zu, the Wu, and author of book “Black Pain: It Looks Like We Aren’t Hurting” Terrie Williams. The bunch will engage in conversation about ODB’s musical legacy along with vital information on mental health, substance abuse and prevention.

The dedicated film “Dirty: One Word Can Change the World” premiers Tuesday November 10th at the National Black Theatre, which is located on 2031 5th Avenue (125th and 126th streets) in Harlem. For New York fans, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. And for the ODB fans worldwide, they will have to be more patient…

Written By Shabazz

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