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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Thursday, November 18, 2004

    O.D.B.'s legacy

    Davey D points out that newspapers haven't done their job in covering the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard, co-founder of the Wu-Tang Clan. They write about his notoriety, but leave out his legacy.

    Davey D describes O.D.B. (or Russell Jones) as "a man in transition. A man who truly had to come to grips with the consequences of his life."

    He goes on to describe a man who was real to himself and real to his fans. ODB had a crazy sense of humor, sticking his welfare card on his album cover, pulling off Dracula gold fronts or revealing his naked self in drawers.

    "He was brutally honest when he said, 'I don't know how to deal with life without drugs,'" says Davey D.

    Some stories are reporting that O.D.B. allegedly indulged in a two-day cocaine binge before his death at the weekend." Whatever the reason, the man complained of chest pains, then collapsed, dying before paramedics arrived last Saturday.

    "I think ODB's legacy for us will be that he represented that time in hip hop when it was coming out of its adolescence and into adulthood and was looking for direction, and that direction led some of us down that dark path on the insatiable quest to keep it real," says Davey D.

    If you have further thoughts, please comment.

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Asian Americans have been hit hard in recent weeks. Bad things come in 3's, right? First, Bush. Then the deaths of Iris Chang and the ODB. RIP USA, RIP Iris, RIP ODB.

    -- solburnslow

    8:57 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    asian americans? that's a novel way of looking at it ...

    11:23 AM  

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