On the tenth anniversary of his death, The Dirty Version is the first biography of hip hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to be written by someone from his inner circle: his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group that altered the world of hip hop forever. ODB was one of the Clan’s wildest icons and most inventive performers, and when he died of an overdose in 2004 at the age of thirty-five, millions of fans mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he once picked up his welfare check in a limousine; lifted a burning car off a four-year-old girl in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of sneakers on tour at the peak of his success. Many have questioned whether his stunts were carefully calculated or the result of paranoia and mental instability.
Now, Dirty’s friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator on stage and in the studio, reveals the truth about the complex and talented performer. From their days together on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang’s star, from bouts in prison to court-mandated rehab, from Dirty’s favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story—The Dirty Version—of the legendary rapper.
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About the Author
Buddha Monk is an MC, producer, and singer who toured the world with Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the Wu-Tang Clan. He was Dirty’s onstage hype man and was instrumental in recording and producing his debut solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. The saga continues: today Buddha tours and releases albums as a solo artist and produces and performs with acts such as the Committee, Heissman—Black Bush the Movement, Zu Bulliez, Brooklyn Zu, and many more.
Mickey Hess is Professor of English at Rider University, where he teaches creative writing and Hip-Hop and American Culture. He is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music, and the editor of Icons of Hip Hop and Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide.
Table of Contents
Introduction: No Father to His style Mickey Hess xi
1 Rusty 1
2 Enter the Wu-Tang 13
3 In the Lab 23
4 The Drunken Master 37
5 Ghetto Superstar 47
6 Pupperized 61
7 That Old Good Welfare Cheese 69
8 Gots Like Come on Thru 75
9 Escape to Willingboro 83
10 Restoration 91
11 The Man in the Red Suit 101
12 Better Start Wearing Bulletproof 109
13 Nigga Please 119
14 The Whole World is After Me 127
15 In A G Building, Takin' All Types Of Medicine 135
16 One More Chance 145
17 Free To Be Dirty 149
18 If You See Dirty, Tell Him We Love Him 155
19 Chamber Number 9, Verse 32 167
Final Thoughts 181
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although I was never a big Wu-Tang Clan fan, you really don’t need to be in order to find member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his antics fascinating. It’s been 10 years since he died at the young age of 35 and besides the many media stories about his brushes with the law and drugs, there’s very little known about Russell Jones, the man. The Dirty Version is written by his best friend Buddha Monk who is also a rapper and producer. On the one hand it’s great to get a first hand account from someone who was with Dirty sometimes 24/7. On the other hand, that makes this more of a story about their friendship rather than a straight biography. Buddha can come off as a little self-serving at times when talking about all of the work he did for Dirty and was never paid for or anecdotes about his own rap career. If you a hip-hop fan, this will be an interesting read, but will ultimately leave you wanting more.