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I go away from computers for a weekend and no one has the decency to inform me that one of my favorite rappers dies. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, aged 35, died last night. It’s a sad day in the world of hip-hop as one of the founding fathers of Wu Tang, and possibly the most insane man in hip-hop (with late KRS coming in a close second) dies. I don’t even know what to say. ODB had a style not like anyone elses and he was great for it. His lyrics were often absurd. As were the constant name changes, from Big Baby Jesus to Dirt McGirt. But in the end, his style was hard not to love. He made people laugh and he will be missed. I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite lines from ODB’s song “I Can’t Wait”:

I want to give a shoutout to the Eskimos
I want to give a shoutout to the submarines
I want to give a shoutout to the army, air force, navy marines
KNow what I’m saying? Y’all playing my music
In the submarines and the boats

I want to give a shoutout to ODB. Rest in peace.

(While this may seem like a joke, and a lot of it is fun, I really did like ODB a lot and I hate to see him go).

November 15, 2004