Russell Tyrone Jones — better known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard — left this earth in 2004, but his legacy lives on with family, friends and anyone who loves the Wu-Tang Clan. The Hip-Hop Foundation and the family of Ol’ Dirty Bastard came together to celebrate the late rapper’s legacy within Hip-Hop, and through hail, sleet, and snow, New Yorkers packed the The Roulette to be apart of this special celebration.
Fort Greene, Brooklyn is the birthplace of ODB, so it only felt right that this special 50th birthday celebration would be held in the rapper’s home borough. The Roulette art space entertained a sold-out crowd of people that loved ODB for his artsy and — most of all — his aura that continues to live on.
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The son of ODB, Young Dirty Bastard, quickly became a true standout throughout the night as he was joined by various members of Wu-Tang, DJ Evil Dee, Mathematics, Busta Rhymes, Hakim Green and many other talented artists throughout the night. Some of the most powerful moments during this celebration would have to be seeing YDB as the pure embodiment of his father, carrying on the legacy through his performing. In addition, heartfelt speeches from the family of the late rapper touched everyone in attendance; the Shinnecock native tribal dance performance was amazing.
Father, brother, uncle and friend ODB filled the room, and it was obvious that his legacy is here and alive.
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