Ten years ago, Ol’ Dirty Bastard got onstage at the Grammy Awards unannounced and took the microphone for one of the most spontaneous and memorable moments in music history. All he wanted to do was tell the world that he and the Wu-Tang Clan loved the children — and that they deserved a golden statue.
According to ODB’s mom, Cherry Jones, if the rapper were alive today, he might have tried to crash another event: Barack Obama’s victory rally .
“I know my son would have been at that rally in Chicago when the first African-American president was elected, and I’m sure he would have gone up onstage and grabbed the microphone as only he could,” Jones said in an e-mail sent to MTV News Thursday (November 13).
ODB died November 13, 2004 , four years ago today, and his mother is still grieving the loss of her son. Jones told MTV News that there is unrest in the family because of financial disputes between her and ODB’s widow, Icelene.
“Four years ago today marks one of the most tragic days in my life, when I lost my son ’Rusty,’ whom many of you know as Ol’ Dirty Bastard,” the e-mail read. “For the past four years, I have sat back and watched certain individuals try and tarnish my son’s beliefs. My son loved every single one of his children and every single one of their mothers and provided for them all the best he could when he was alive. My son was an extremely generous soul.
“Lastly, today is a very sad day not only for me, but for my entire family, including Dirty’s father and his siblings and children,” she concluded. “I will always love my son Rusty, and I will always make sure all of his children are taken care of.”
Before his untimely demise, ODB had recorded an album for Roc-A-Fella Records called A Son Unique, which included collaborations with the Neptunes, State Property, Ludacris, Macy Gray, Fat Joe and Wu-Tang, among others. The opus was planned for a 2005 release but has never seen the light of day. Koch Records had recently picked up the rights to distribute the project, but due to ligation with ODB’s family, the album is shelved, wrapped in red tape.
Author Jaime Lowe just put out the autobiography “Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB.” Cherry Jones vehemently stated that she does not endorse the book.