NEW YORK — “It feels good being out and just jumping back into my music,” the ODB, a.k.a. Dirt McGirt, said Thursday night at Right Track studios. “I like to hear myself on the radio. I like how quick Roc-A-Fella moves. They move too quick. Quick as lightning. I’m talking about Superman, the Legion of Doom, Flash.”
The Roc can only move as rapidly as Dirty allows them to, which is pretty swiftly.
McGirt has only been a free man for a week and a day (see “Ol’ Dirty Bastard Now Dirt McGirt, Signs To Roc-A-Fella” ) and already he has two songs getting play on the radio. Earlier in the week, Roc-A-Fella released Dirty’s “Welcome Home” with Nicole Wray, and on Thursday a remake of sorts of KRS-One’s “Sound of Da Police,” which features ODB, Beanie Sigel and Peedi Crakk, hit the airwaves.
“I wrote rhymes when I was incarcerated,” Dirty explained about how it felt recording for the first time since being released back into society. “When I got in [the vocal booth] it was a hop, skip and a jump. It was 1, 2, 3. I wanted to get back into the shine. I just want to get back out there and do it again. You know, how Mike Tyson came back, I wanna come back the same way. I want to hit ‘em hard. I just want to hit y’all with headbangers. I’m just gonna be screaming on sh–. Period.”
At Right Track, Dirty was living up to his words, as per the advice of producer Pharrell Williams. Dirty was rapping on a track for the Neptunes’ upcoming album Star Trak Presents Clones, and Pharrell wanted the Wu-Tang wildman to bring the ruckus.
“Just talk sh–,” an excited Pharrell told ODB, who was in the vocal booth. Dirty had laid down his verses in just a few takes and Pharrell needed some ad libs. “This is your world. You just got home and you’re ready to take over the world.”
“Guess who’s home, guess who’s home guess who hooommme!/ Guess who’s home, guess who’s home guess who hooommme!/ Guess who’s home, guess who’s home guess who hooommme!” Dirt would later sing, adding to the beginning of the song.
“Yeah muthaf—er , you know what time it is,” Dirty yelled into the mic, talking over his recorded singing. “Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Dirt McGirt. Killing everything that moves. Neptunes … This sh– don’t stop. This sh– keep going, n—a!”
“I’m hurt right now,” Pharrell told Dirt and the people in the studio, including a VH1 camera crew, who are filming a reality TV series on ODB. “N—as is losin’ their mind. I’m so mad we ain’t sign this guy. This song is NUTS! Is it not nuts? He’s so f—in’ dope.”
It wasn’t just the way Dirty rode Pharrell’s thumping basslines with his soulful madness, or McGirt’s lines like, “Everybody wants the Kid dead like Pat Garrett,” which references characters in the movie “Young Guns,” it was how quickly the song was being knocked. Less than an hour after Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo walked into Right Track to play the beat, Dirty had picked lyrics from his book of rhymes, laid down three verses and recorded the chorus and ad libs with Pharrell.
It was a good thing the music flowed so freely, because there was literally not one minute to waste. At 11:19 p.m., Dirty’s manager alerted everyone that, whether the track was finished or not, his client had to leave in “one minute.” See, Dirty has a court-appointed midnight curfew. So by 11:22, Dirty was done and shaking hands with Pharrell on the way out.
At 11:30, Pharrell began adding his own vocals to the song: “Pop sh– n—a bitch what’s uuuppp? Pop sh– n—a what’s uuuppp?” And by midnight, the crooning producer was boasting of a job well done and anxious to head over to Baseline studios to play the track for his good friend Shawn, or as we know him, Jay-Z.
“I was in Brazil [doing a cover shoot] with The Source, and Roc-A-Fella called and said they signed Dirt,” Pharrell, who produced songs for Dirty’s last studio album, N—a Please, said before heading off to see Jay. “I was hurt because I wanted Dirt. We got an incredible chemistry. Music is most important when it comes to what we do. I’m putting him on the … Clones album with the song we did tonight. He’s incredible. He came in and knocked the song out in less than an hour. I’m so thankful to be in the presence of people like that. It was incredible, he’s insanely genius. You may not understand what he’s saying sometimes, but maybe you just need to slow the tape down.”
Star Trak Presents Clones hits stores this summer. Pharrell said that in addition to the singles we’re already hearing on the radio, like his duet with Jay-Z, “Frontin’,” and the Clipse’s “Hot Damn,” he plans to make the Nas and Kelis duet “Popular” as well as the just-completed ODB track a single. Busta Rhymes, Spymob, Super Cat, Justin Timberlake and Usher also appear on the LP.
The Roc says ODB’s album will drop this year. Calls are being made now to different artists about appearing on the LP. While nothing is confirmed, some of the names being tossed around include 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Eminem and, of course, the Wu-Tang Clan and various Roc-A-Fella recording artists.