Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a larger-than-life character. Now, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has a eulogy that’s as extravagant as he was with the documentary “Dirty: One Word Can Change the World.”
The long-in-the-making project was finally released as a straight-to-DVD set Tuesday. To celebrate the project, ImageNation presented a screening at the National Black Theatre in Harlem last night. ODB’s mother, Cherry Jones, and other family members attended the intimate affair.
“Dirty,” directed by ODB’s cousin Raison Allah, set out to answer the question: Who was Dirty? The charismatic and often-troubled rapper went by as many monikers as there were members of the Wu, from Big Baby Jesus to Osirus to Ason Unique. Throughout the 90-minute project, all the members of the Clan, Wu affiliate groups and relatives supply the answer.
“He did a lot of good for people,” his grandmother said. “All the harm he did was to himself.”
In one of the most touching moments in “Dirty,” the rapper’s parents sit together on camera and recall some of their son’s most memorable antics.
“When they told him to lay down, he said, ‘Catch me running,’ ” she explained of the time the rapper was shot in the back after a robbery attempt against him.
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