Ol' Dirty Bastard
Ol' Dirty Bastard

Birth name

Russell Tyrone Jones

Also known as

ODB, Ason Unique, Dirt McGirt, Big Baby Jesus


15 November 1968


Brooklyn, New York, United States


13 November 2004 (aged 35)
New York City, New York, United States


Hip hop


Rapper, record producer

Years active



Loud/RCA, Elektra, NuTech Digital, Dame Dash Music Group,

Associated acts

Tha Alkaholiks, Brooklyn Zu, Eazy-E, E-40, Wu-Tang Clan

Russell Tyrone Jones (15 November 1968 - 13 November 2004), better known by his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard, was an American rapper and occasional producer. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan. Jones was noted for his trademark microphone techniques, his off-beat, slurred rap style and humourous lyrics. His stage name was derived from the 1980 martial arts film Ol' Dirty and the Bastard.

After the Wu-Tang Clan released their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Ol' Dirty Bastard became the second member of the group to release a solo album, and he went on to have a successful solo career. However, his professional success was hampered by frequent legal troubles, including incarceration. Jones died on 13 November 2004 of a drug overdose, two days before his 36th birthday. Prior to his death, he managed to record his third solo album, A Son Unique, which remains unreleased officially.


Main article: Ol' Dirty Bastard discography

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