Since his release from prison and psychiatric care last year, Ol’ Dirty Bastard has been in and out of the recording studio. Apparently, that time has not been spent under supervision, as he’s just recorded a duet with raspy-voiced R&B singer Macy Gray, who has a wild-life reputation of her own.
The two covered Elton John’s mid-’70s hit “Don’t Go Breaking’ My Heart,” which the Piano Man recorded with Kiki Dee in much more melodic fashion. ODB and Gray’s version is, to say the least, full of their own unique character. Though known mostly for his rapping and improvisations, ODB sings through the entire track, trading lines with Gray in the musical love romp.
The track was concocted by Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash, who is overseeing ODB’s album on his label. It’s credited to “ODB with Macy Gray,” even though Dirty’s album will be released under the moniker Dirt McGirt (see “Ol’ Dirty Bastard Now Dirt McGirt, Signs To Roc-A-Fella” ).
Whether the song will also appear on an album Gray is recording is uncertain. ODB’s album still does not have a release date scheduled.