Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the foul mouthed, constantly in criminal trouble, member of The Wu Tang Clan will be depicted in an upcoming film release Dirty White Boy. Michael Williams, known for his role as Omar on The Wire has agreed to play the controversial rapper who had become something of a cult hero over the course of his much too short career.
ODB, raised Russel Tyrone Jones, is originally from Staten Island New York and was a founding member of the legendary Hip Hop group The Wu Tang Clan. Their debut release, Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) is considered by many rap critics to be among the greatest hip hop albums of all time and features such underground hits as “Bring Da Ruckus” and “Shame on a Nigga.” The album was one of the most lyrically intricate of its time. Some might place it as the number one lyrical rap album of all time, though my vote for that goes to The Low End Theory.
The rappers constituting the group (RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.) seemed miles ahead of their competition at the time of its release, claiming that they ‘understood the 36 chambers of rap music while their contemporaries were still struggling to understand the first 35. Using samples of classic martial arts films, and soul music tracks the group’s main producer, RZA, crafted a eerie, dark sound that perfectly represented the Clan’s Staten Island upbringing.
Recently, continuing plans for an Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic have been in the works. Director Joaquín Baca-Asay will be making his directorial debut, he has previously worked as cinematographer on We Own The Night.
The film will be a telling of an unlikely story. One of Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 lackie that somehow lied, cheated and stole his way into becoming Ol’Dirty Bastard’s official manager and pseudo-friend. The manager executed a near flawless come back plan for the rapper only to have it cut short by the musicians early death at age 34.
The story seems interesting enough, the main talent certainly has experience playing tough guy characters, and the story line is sure to be an interesting combination of Judd Apatow humor, street hustle, and down to earth drama. I’ll certainly be awaiting this films release.