Ol’ Dirty Bastard
1985 to 2004
November 15, 1968 in Brooklyn
November 13, 2004
New York, New York, United States
Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 - November 13, 2004), better known under his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard (or ODB), was an American rapper and occasional producer. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group primarily from Staten Island, New York that first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol' Dirty Bastard went on to pursue a successful solo career and contributed as a rapper/producer for the Fugees. However, his professional success was hampered by frequent legal troubles, including incarceration.