American rap artist ODB (Ol' Dirty Bastard) of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan poses for a February 1997 portrait in New York City, New York.

4 Epic Hip-Hop Moments Courtesy of Ol' Dirty Bastard

4 Epic Hip-Hop Moments Courtesy of Ol' Dirty Bastard

Published Fri, May 26, 2023 at 1:00 PM EDT

Ol Dirty Bastard poses with a clapperboard on the set of Shimmy Shimmy Ya Ol Dirty Bastard poses with a clapperboard on the set of Shimmy Shimmy Ya

Ol' Dirty Bastard is celebrated for being one of the boldest, eccentric personalities in Hip-Hop history.

There's a reason why he's revered as all-time legend, despite leaving us too soon. You didn't just listen to ODB, you felt him. You didn't just witness his artistry (and wild antics), you experienced them.

Here are four of his most epic moments.

The time he did an interview in Brooklyn with no shoes on.

In the interview, he declares his upcoming album is for the children. He then recalls that he used to be a "bad little bastard" when he was growing up, and urges to kids to keep being themselves, just make sure to get an education.

That time he needed a 45-minute nap after uttering one line from his classic feature on Mariah Carey's "Fantasy Remix."

In an interview with Billboard, Cory Rooney an A&R rep for Mariah's label, detailed the making of the song, which turned out to be one of the most popular Hip-Hop/R&B collabs of all-time.

Check it out below:

"I reached out to ODB and he wanted $15,000 to rap on the record. At the time, that was a lot of money, but it really wasn’t for Mariah Carey’s budget — so, no problem. He finally showed up, three hours late, and when he got there, it was about 10:30 at night. He had been drinking, and was on the phone when he walked in. Irate, screaming at some girl how he’s gonna come kill her, he’s going to kick her a**…and then whispering, “I love you.” Then screaming again. This went on for an hour.

He finally came out and was like, “Yo, pardon me, this b**ch is driving me crazy. I need some Moet and Newports before we get into this record.” I said, “It’s 12:30 at night now bro, I don’t know where we’re going to get Moet from.” He started yelling at the assistants, calling them white devils, saying, “You white devils, y’all don’t want black people to have shit.” They went out for like an hour, and the only thing they could find were some Heinekens. He was so disgusted, he threw a bottle on the floor.

At this point Mariah had been calling every hour on the hour, wanting to hear something over the phone. Tommy was pissed because Mariah was keeping him up, so he finally got on the phone with ODB — and after that, finally we started to record. He said one line — “me and Mariah, go back like babies with pacifiers” — then paused, said, “Yo, I need to take a break,” and went to sleep for 45 minutes. He woke up and was like, “Yo, let me hear what I did so far.” We played his one line back, he sang another line or two, and then slept for another hour. He would come up with a line, punch that in, go to sleep. He went to sleep 3 different times in the middle of trying to get that one verse done. If you listen to the record now, on his verse, you can hear that it’s punched in in pieces. He actually told the engineer, “Y’all better have your shit set and record it right, cause I’m not doing it twice.”

I stayed in the studio until we finished it. So I was sleeping in the studio when Tommy and Mariah called me, and said they loved the record. But Tommy had a bright idea: let’s get ODB back in the studio, and instead of just, “New York in the house,” do [a line] for every city. I said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” Of course [ODB] wanted another $15,000. He came back to the studio, a little more mellow but dead tired. He’s sitting there picking food out of his teeth — he pulled a piece of food out of his mouth so big it was scary. I was like, “How long did you walk around with that food in your mouth?” Like, it was unbelievable. Then he fell asleep on couch, kicked one shoe off. His foot smelled so bad, we had to let him sleep and leave the control room. Eventually, we got the other parts done and that was that.

A week later, it was time to shoot a video. We reached out to him, and he wanted another $15,000 dollars. No problem. So I sent a car to his house and he drank every friggin’ thing in the limo, and went to his trailer. I had asked him, “Do you need the stylist to buy clothes for you?” He said, “Nah, this is hip-hop -- I'm just rocking some jeans and Timbs.” [That day], he was in the trailer, in and out of consciousness, when I said, “We're getting ready to do a scene.” He said, “I don't got no clothes, how am I going to do a video if I ain’t got nothing to wear?” I started screaming at him.

Tommy told us take my corporate credit card to the mall. ODB disappeared for a minute, and we found him in a store trying to buy Louis Vuitton luggage. He said, “I'm going to use it for a scene.” He came back [to the set] with all these bags of Tommy Hilfiger clothes and Timberlands. 

It was finally time for him to do his scene and said, “I'm not going to wear a shirt, I don't need no clothes.” I wanted to shoot him. He was like, “I have an idea -- I want to tie up the clown.” Plus, Mariah turned him on to peach schnapps, which she used to always drink. He drank like two bottles of that. So between the hot sun and him drinking two bottles, what a disastrous day that was. The video was a miracle, a real miracle."

When he took MTV News on a limo ride to pick up food stamps.

A classic moment in ODB history, this move showcased his humor, and maybe more subtly, made a statement about newly acquired wealth and economic disparity.

When he crashed the stage at the 1998 Grammy Awards and declared "Wu-Tang is for the children."

"Wu-Tang is for the children" is a classic Hip-Hip phrase these days, becoming certified after Dirty unexpectedly hopped on stage during the 1998 Grammys. While singer Shawn Colvin was accepting his award for Song of the Year, ODB interrupted him, grabbing the mic and explaining that'd he'd purchased a new wardrobe for the occasion and was therefore especially annoyed that Wu-Tang lost out on Rap Album of the Year to Diddy. He also declared that "Wu-Tang is for the children."

"Please calm down, the music and everything," he said, indicating the show's producers should turn down the acceptance speech music. "I went and bought me an outfit today that cost a lot of money... you know what I mean? ’Cause I figured that Wu-Tang was gonna win. I don't know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children, you know what I mean? Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best, OK? I want you all to know that this is ODB, and I love you all. Peace!"

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