Even in his death, the story of Ol Dirty Bastard, a.k.a Dirt McGirt, continues to be told. On Tuesday, November 10, the tribute film Dirty: One Word Can Change the World will premiere in New York.
The film will be shown thanks to the ImageNation Cinema Foundation and was directed by the late rapper’s cousin Raison Allah.
Serving as a celebration of the rapper’s life and exploits, the documentary will showcase interviews with those close to him such as the Wu Tang Clan, Sunz of Man and others that will provide their own personal accounts of their encounters with Dirty.
Known as Russell Jones by birth right, the rapper met his untimely death on November 13, 2004 due to an accidental drug overdose.
Those in attendance will be in for a treat once the final credits roll as they will be given a live performance from Brooklyn Zu, a group affiliated with the Clan that included ODB. Being heard first on Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, the group also consists of his cousin 12 O’Clock, Shorty Shytestain, Murdock, Zu Keeper and Buddha Monk.
Along with the performance, viewers will also have discussion with the group along with members of the Clan and author Terrie Williams who will all give more detail into the musical career of their fallen friend.
Williams is a social worker who transformed herself into an author and now serves as an advocate for youth who deal with depression. With books to back up her credentials, her fourth, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, tells the story of depression as it affects African- Americans while tying in her own personal struggles with it.
Around the time of his death, ODB was suffering from legal troubles and was demonstrating odd behavior, according to the media. The discussion will also touch on mental health as well as substance abuse prevention as some felt as though the rapper may have gone through the same ailments.
The documentary will show at the National Black Theatre and tickets will sell for $15 for advanced purchases and $20 at the door.