Guest Star: "I Remember Everybody Saying How Great He Sounded On It, But Then He Passed Away"
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 12:05AM
[In celebration of late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's 43rd birthday, New York rapper The Kid Daytona reflects on the Wu-Tang Clan member's impact on his life.]
I was definitely a fan of ODB coming up as a kid. He was so entertaining to me. Wu-Tang in general was too, because I felt like all of them were comic book characters.If you had a comic book, you would see the each of them and they would have their own super powers. ODB definitely stood out to me in my mind.
My most fond memory of him would probably be when Busta Rhymes did a song with him called "Where's My Money." I don't know if people know this but Busta was really a mentor to me as I was coming up. The crazy thing is he had recorded it maybe a couple of weeks before he passed. So I can remember being in the studio and just seeing Busta's emotion.
On that record, in particular, I guess it was like ODB was back. When you're in jail, it takes you a while to adjust because you haven't recorded and your mind is going through a lot of different things.
It just felt like on that record, he really [rediscovered] the Old Dirty from back in the day. He sounds incredible on the record and I remember everybody saying how great he sounded on it, but then he passed away.
[His passing] was definitely sad and I remember Raekwon being around and just how sad everybody was because it felt like Dirty was about to turn his life back around; he had a great spirit and a great human being all around. It's so unfortunate he had to pass away so early.
Kid Daytona is an American Hip-Hop artist. He previously released a mixtape called A Tribe Called Fresh, based around classic Tribe beats, on which he collaborated with the likes of Joell Ortiz, Kardinal Ofishal, J Dilla, Estelle, Nina Sky, C.N.N. and Talib Kweli. He is currently working on his upcoming Interlude 2 album.