NEW YORK — Hours after being released from a mental facility Thursday (May 1), the artist formerly known as Ol' Dirty Bastard and Big Baby Jesus announced that he's signed with Roc-A-Fella Records and has chosen a new nickname, Dirt McGirt.
Roc-A-Fella CEO Damon Dash, Dirty and Mariah Carey, who "came as a friend" to show support, all entered the press conference at Manhattan's Rihga Royal Hotel smiling. Dirty's was extra bright as he sported a new gold tooth. Dash told everyone in attendance that he was there to announce the "evolution of an empire."
"For the last seven or eight years, Jay-Z's been doing what he's doing, [Beanie Sigel], the whole crew. Now it's time to evolve," Dash said. "It's time to do bigger things and touch everyone. We want to take over the whole world, the whole planet.
"Any opportunity I see, when I see a good person, when I see someone that's talented and about their business, I couldn't care less what anybody else says about him," Dash continued, referring to ODB. "All I know is what I see. He's consistently done it, entertained us on every level, and all we wanna do at the Roc is give him love and help him get where he's got to go."
Dash then presented Dirty with a platinum Roc-A-Fella chain and pendant. "He couldn't come home without that," Dash said.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm happy to be here," Dirty told the crowd, smiling and rocking a brown and beige sweat suit from his new clothing line. "I didn't think I was gonna touch no more microphones. ... I'm looking forward to a future with Roc-A-Fella."
So how did ODB hook with double D? "It just came, man. Some things are just meant to be," the spontaneous MC answered. Dash later clarified that the deal was helped along by a producer at VH1. The cable channel was in the house documenting the festivities for a new reality series that will follow Dirty around as he readjusts to society.
Undoubtedly the cameras will be showcasing McGirt in the studio. He said he was looking forward to recording again and hoped to get 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan and Mariah Carey ("That's my sweetheart forever," he said of the singer)to appear on some records. As for when the album will come out, in true fashion he mysteriously told everyone to "just look for it."
Spitting rhymes wasn't the first thing on his mind upon his release from the mental facility Thursday (see "ODB Rejoins Society (Kind Of); Set To Drop New LPs, 'Ol' Dirty Drawers' "). Dirty said the first thing he wanted to do was "hug my mother." He added that his time incarcerated was hell, but said, "I'm all right, I feel good [now]."
The signing of Dirt McGirt wasn't the only announcement to come from the Roc-A-Fella camp Thursday — dates for the Jay-Z/50 Cent Roc the Mic outing were also released (see "50 Cent And Jay-Z Announce Roc The Mic Tour Dates").