ODB, STDs, and Government Cheese

ODBDid “the Government” kill the Ol’ Dirty Bastard?  From RockStarMartyr.net:

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s slurring, incoherent “singin’ rappin’” rhymes hit the mic so hard, you have to wipe oozing spittle off your face after listening to his deranged tracks. He spoke the tough truth from the mean streets, delving into the dark crevices of ghetto crackhouses and bitch’s booties, coming out the other side covered in doodoo brown and flashing a steel grille grin all the while. Some believe that the big “G” government” took notice and were highly pissed about it.

Raised in the housing projects of Brooklyn, ODB broke out with the “world domination” scheme masterminded by his cousins, RZA and GZA, whose hip hop exploits are succinctly described by Dirty’s biographer, Jaime Lowe:

“The foundation of Wu-Tang is in its lore, its urban mythology, its appropriation of kung fu, chess, Buddhism, Islam, bible studies, cartoons, comics, Staten Island; anything they came across was woven into an intricate web of culture and identification and a constructed community that bordered on cult. They made themselves a world when the projects didn’t provide. And they sold that world to this other world (a primarily suburban one) in rhymes”

During the 1998 Grammy Awards, Ol’ Dirty Bastard stepped all over singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin’s shining moment when he stormed the stage to declare the Wu Tang Clan’s noble purpose to the world:

“I don’t know how ya’ll see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children.”

The day before, MTV broke the news that Ol’ Dirty Bastard had witnessed a gruesome car wreck in New York and immediately rallied his homies to lift a vehicle off of four year-old Maati Lavell, whom he reportedly visited in the hospital during her recovery. Perhaps he imparted the same sort of Nation of Islam-inspired fatherly advice that he gave during his relatively lucid if typically rambling “barefoot in Brooklyn” interview:

“’The black man is God’ … This is for the children … To all my little bastards out there, my bad bastards, keep being bad, just make sure you get a good education in school. You ain’t gotta tell yo’ teacher off, tell yo’ teacher off with education…Bomb his ass! Kno’m'sayin’? White devil muthafuckas … Yo, but um, no, when I say white devil, I’m just sayin’ that, you know, you got some good devils, you got some bad devils, just like you got some good black men, you got some bad devil black men, kno’m'sayin’, ’cause those black man is God, we know that, the white man come from the black man, so, that’s what created the devil, so we know that — Yo, where Panther wit that get high? …”

Aside from the millions of youngsters who bought Wu-Tang’s albums, Ol’ Dirty sired thirteen seeds of his own, who were introduced to the world during an MTV News segment in which they rode in a limousine with their mother and father to collect food stamps. Typical white devil middle-class Americans might think the rapper was an enigma for taking government assistance after receiving a $40,000 advance from his record company, but Dirty’s reasoning seems obvious enough:

“Why wouldn’t you want to get free money?!”

Considering the amount of dough he would drop on defense attorneys over the next few years — including OJ Simpson first lawyer, Robert Shapiro — it’s clear that ODB needed all the cash he could get.

Wu-Tang Forever was released in 1997 and sold over 600,000 copies on its first day and over 4 million by year’s end. The Ol’ Dirty Bastard had already seen his 1995 solo album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version earn a Gold certification, and with the release of Wu-Tang Forever he was flush with money and “lookin’ for new girls to put babies in.” He took on the moniker “Big Baby Jesus” and launched a new line of clothing. He bought a new grille with gleaming fangs. He also incinerated hard cocaine like he had to burn the evidence.

Given his outspoken suspicion of “the Government,” I imagine that more than one hub got sucked down in one lung-full for fear that the shadowy agents peering back through his cracked motel blinds would soon kick down the door. ODB’s views on the Government went well beyond the persecution of drug users, though, as he explained to TRL viewers across the world in 1998:

“Everybody’s scared of the Government, kno’m'sayin’, because they killed Tupac, and they killed Biggie Smalls. I don’t care what y’all say, that’s my seein’…”

The crowd laughed, but Jesus wasn’t joking.  Carson Daily must have known that the veil had been torn.  A ghetto star had just stated on national television that the Government assassinated two high profile hip hop stars, presumably to keep them from uniting black people against the system.  Could there be a more sure-fire way to join them?  But Big Baby Jesus (aka Osirus [sic], aka Dirt McGirt) was unafraid.  He had provided a safe place for these martyr’s souls to occupy, as he explained to a Swedish interviewer during Wu-Tang’s world tour:

“Notorious ain’t dead, Tupac ain’t dead, they exist within me … they came to me and said, ‘Dirty, Dirty, wake up, wake up, yo man.’ I said, ‘Well come on in!’

“So they not dead. They live in me now, you know, they right here … that’s why they call me Osirus…’cause I went to the next dimension … you see, I already mastered the human lessons … I had to go to the other dimension where it’s all thought, you know, we call it the Land of Nobody … Tupac is right here, and Biggie Smalls right here, they just on my shoulders, you know, you just gotta see ‘em …”

Is that why the authorities were constantly harassing ODB to the end of his days? Perhaps the Government was trying to capture and silence the incorporeal hip hop entities that It had endeavored so stringently to snuff out. Why don’t other people see it?  I mean, think about it, man. Connect the dots. Open your eyes. Read between the lines. See through the smokescreen. Freak the fuck out.

Read the rest at RockStarMartyr.net

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  • justagirl

    but the boy could rap.  chamber number 9 verse 32.

  • justagirl

    but the boy could rap.  chamber number 9 verse 32.

  • hopeless

    actually really smart:
    “you see, I already mastered the human lessons … I had to go to the
    other dimension where it’s all thought, you know, we call it the Land
    of Nobody ”
    Of course all this is going to be dismissed..
    But how is this different from all the great white thinkers?
    Great thinkers come to the same conclusion that we are not freely living for a reason. Freely living doesn’t include conditioned choice provided from the government. Your in this system for a reason. Once used to protect the people, ensure fairness, and provide opportunity. Is now used to ensure profit, for interpretation of technicalities to ensure power, and to provide a false hope that is instilled in us through history class all our life that our government is invincible and all-knowing of what is good for people.
    How do you keep something uncontrollable like the population of america controlled by a single force? Say “we know better than all you dumb people, so you should believe us. And if you don’t agree, we will make you agree.”
    Last point: When is the last time a police officer actually was beneficial to you? All iv seen are tickets and no-no’s.

    • Clever Screenname

      I agree with Hopeless. Very well said and especially the last bit about the fuzz.  Shit I never really needed a cop in my life.  I protect myself.  If everyone packs guns it would become that much more obvious how pointless the overseer’s are, excuse me officers.

  • hopeless

    actually really smart:
    “you see, I already mastered the human lessons … I had to go to the
    other dimension where it’s all thought, you know, we call it the Land
    of Nobody ”
    Of course all this is going to be dismissed..
    But how is this different from all the great white thinkers?
    Great thinkers come to the same conclusion that we are not freely living for a reason. Freely living doesn’t include conditioned choice provided from the government. Your in this system for a reason. Once used to protect the people, ensure fairness, and provide opportunity. Is now used to ensure profit, for interpretation of technicalities to ensure power, and to provide a false hope that is instilled in us through history class all our life that our government is invincible and all-knowing of what is good for people.
    How do you keep something uncontrollable like the population of america controlled by a single force? Say “we know better than all you dumb people, so you should believe us. And if you don’t agree, we will make you agree.”
    Last point: When is the last time a police officer actually was beneficial to you? All iv seen are tickets and no-no’s.

  • http://twitter.com/ProfOsiris Prof Osiris

    R.I.P. ODB. The government DID do that shit to him. Ever see him after he got outta jail? force fed medications that made him gain weight… all sorts of horrible side effects.  My Favorite emcee of all time. Wu Tang Forever.

  • http://twitter.com/ProfOsiris Prof Osiris

    R.I.P. ODB. The government DID do that shit to him. Ever see him after he got outta jail? force fed medications that made him gain weight… all sorts of horrible side effects.  My Favorite emcee of all time. Wu Tang Forever.

  • Clever Screenname

    I agree with Hopeless. Very well said and especially the last bit about the fuzz.  Shit I never really needed a cop in my life.  I protect myself.  If everyone packs guns it would become that much more obvious how pointless the overseer’s are, excuse me officers.

  • grinchcaptainzero

    So, to summarize: The government assassinated ODB for fear that the extra dimensional spirits of Biggie and Tupac would contact him in Nobody Land to help him lead a black revolt against the white devils, perhaps with such revolution inspiring songs such as “Shimmy shimmy ya” and “Dog shit“? Top notch tunes, that’s beyond debate, but I have to say I have my doubts that the rambling, often incoherent, coked out ODB we all know and love could have single handedly united all black people in an effective, tangible, open revolt against the government. I think that would take a bit more then saying something along the lines of kids are the future at the Grammy’s and spouting run of the mill, narcissistic, metaphysical pseudo profundities (of veracity most dubious, what, what!). I listened to Wu-Tang forever like everybody I knew. Great album (though wackily over stated at times in hindsight.) but when it came to those more socially conscious messages delivered, and their effect, it was little more then to nod solemnly, all agree that it was deep, they we’re dope, and keep smoking weed and maybe drinking our beer. Maybe go off on a rant about the power structure which led to the shallow end of precious little. I certainly didn’t know anyone who heard an ODB album and rushed off to devour books on civil disobedience and Che Guevara.I don’t really have anything against ODB (Except perhaps for labeling a race of people as devils. If you find such talk agreeable more power to you. I wish you no luck what so ever with that.) but this theory is just embarrassing. It’s not enough that no pop star can die in this culture without them either being assassinated or having cleverly faked their own death, now the ante of the absurd has been upped to include the motivation for one of these assassinations as high level anxiety over the victims supposed ultra cosmic, extra dimensional powers. What a trip. What a load.

  • grinchcaptainzero

    So, to summarize: The government assassinated ODB for fear that the extra dimensional spirits of Biggie and Tupac would contact him in Nobody Land to help him lead a black revolt against the white devils, perhaps with such revolution inspiring songs such as “Shimmy shimmy ya” and “Dog shit“? Top notch tunes, that’s beyond debate, but I have to say I have my doubts that the rambling, often incoherent, coked out ODB we all know and love could have single handedly united all black people in an effective, tangible, open revolt against the government. I think that would take a bit more then saying something along the lines of kids are the future at the Grammy’s and spouting run of the mill, narcissistic, metaphysical pseudo profundities (of veracity most dubious, what, what!). I listened to Wu-Tang forever like everybody I knew. Great album (though wackily over stated at times in hindsight.) but when it came to those more socially conscious messages delivered, and their effect, it was little more then to nod solemnly, all agree that it was deep, they we’re dope, and keep smoking weed and maybe drinking our beer. Maybe go off on a rant about the power structure which led to the shallow end of precious little. I certainly didn’t know anyone who heard an ODB album and rushed off to devour books on civil disobedience and Che Guevara.I don’t really have anything against ODB (Except perhaps for labeling a race of people as devils. If you find such talk agreeable more power to you. I wish you no luck what so ever with that.) but this theory is just embarrassing. It’s not enough that no pop star can die in this culture without them either being assassinated or having cleverly faked their own death, now the ante of the absurd has been upped to include the motivation for one of these assassinations as high level anxiety over the victims supposed ultra cosmic, extra dimensional powers. What a trip. What a load.

    • yaboy

      wow, your stupid. But it sucks that you know big words so it can sound like your a good thinker. Its not the actual lyrics but the concept that we are supposed to derive from it like “don’t follow the rules just because someone, who you have never met before, who has never explained why you shouldn’t, says not too.” If you haven’t noticed that is what most of america is now. Just blindly following. Imagine doing drugs all the time, looking at everything from a new perception, experiencing life…you are definitely gonna see everything with a new twist with a new molecule flowing through your brain that is not the ordinary. Think LSD. Your going to tell me that this human doesn’t have the capability to create a logical thought process that clearly explains why he thinks the way he does in his head, in the “land of nobody”? Now, he may not be intelligent enough, or schooled enough too portray ideas hes developed ina way that would effectively get his message across to the masses. So instead, he resorts to rapping about what what he can come up with that would symbolize his thought process. His environment, upbringing, knowledge everything all put a twist on how he symbolizes his ideas, and this concept applies to every human being. So instead of rapping about “dog shit and shimmy shimmy ya” as what it represents on the surface, he is actually trying to convey “think for yourself in all aspects, always ask question, don’t believe without proof, and if they do you dirty – then you be a dirty mother fucker back” concepts. You probably think…”hey woah woah guys I already do that” but do you really…in all aspects? Have you had direct confrontations with people that represent the government all the time, that give you time and occurance to the think why the hell are they doing this too me, i’m not hurting anyone.? No you were probably asking yourslelf if you should by the top shelf laundry detergent or save a couple bucks. You may think your smart. You might be book smart, which, if just read the book I can be just as smart. But you are not a good thinker. No cross-connections. You do not see past what they put in your face.

      • Misterfurious

        This is also stupid. I don’t know from which part of America most of the posters on Disinfo are coming from, but where I’m from people do shit like take drugs BECAUSE it’s the status quo. Taking drugs isn’t rebellious in this day and age. Where I’m from, most people do it because if you don’t you “ain’t down” or you’re “a narc” or “a square.” It’s just another mechanism to keep people poor and powerless. They aren’t “mind-expanding” or “enlightening” they just make people feel that way so they don’t have to look at their shitty lives and make an effort to actually find something to fulfill that spiritual hole in their souls.

  • yaboy

    wow, your stupid. But it sucks that you know big words so it can sound like your a good thinker. Its not the actual lyrics but the concept that we are supposed to derive from it like “don’t follow the rules just because someone, who you have never met before, who has never explained why you shouldn’t, says not too.” If you haven’t noticed that is what most of america is now. Just blindly following. Imagine doing drugs all the time, looking at everything from a new perception, experiencing life…you are definitely gonna see everything with a new twist with a new molecule flowing through your brain that is not the ordinary. Think LSD. Your going to tell me that this human doesn’t have the capability to create a logical thought process that clearly explains why he thinks the way he does in his head, in the “land of nobody”? Now, he may not be intelligent enough, or schooled enough too portray ideas hes developed ina way that would effectively get his message across to the masses. So instead, he resorts to rapping about what what he can come up with that would symbolize his thought process. His environment, upbringing, knowledge everything all put a twist on how he symbolizes his ideas, and this concept applies to every human being. So instead of rapping about “dog shit and shimmy shimmy ya” as what it represents on the surface, he is actually trying to convey “think for yourself in all aspects, always ask question, don’t believe without proof, and if they do you dirty – then you be a dirty mother fucker back” concepts. You probably think…”hey woah woah guys I already do that” but do you really…in all aspects? Have you had direct confrontations with people that represent the government all the time, that give you time and occurance to the think why the hell are they doing this too me, i’m not hurting anyone.? No you were probably asking yourslelf if you should by the top shelf laundry detergent or save a couple bucks. You may think your smart. You might be book smart, which, if just read the book I can be just as smart. But you are not a good thinker. No cross-connections. You do not see past what they put in your face.

  • Misterfurious

    This is also stupid. I don’t know from which part of America most of the posters on Disinfo are coming from, but where I’m from people do shit like take drugs BECAUSE it’s the status quo. Taking drugs isn’t rebellious in this day and age. Where I’m from, most people do it because if you don’t you “ain’t down” or you’re “a narc” or “a square.” It’s just another mechanism to keep people poor and powerless. They aren’t “mind-expanding” or “enlightening” they just make people feel that way so they don’t have to look at their shitty lives and make an effort to actually find something to fulfill that spiritual hole in their souls.