Why the Real Wu-Tang Can’t Save the Ol’ Dirty Bastard Movie

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There’s a mural of Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the side of a liquor store on Franklin and Putnam Avenues in Brooklyn. It depicts Ol’ Dirty’s face on a welfare card, as used on the cover of his 1995 album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. Meddlesome kids sometimes draw graffiti Dirty’s face, say, by adding a mustache to his top lip. After I took this picture last summer, I asked the middle-aged man who works in the liquor store about the graffiti. He shook his head. “You shouldn’t deface the ODB,” he told me.

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