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ODB: A Son Unique

This is the story of Old Dirty Bastard, aka Ason Unique, the magnetic secret weapon of the WuTang Clan and hip hop hall of famer. Photographer Khalik Allah takes us on a journey into ODB’s world, exploring the beliefs, background and experiences that shaped his unforgettable music. ODB was a radical, who lived a life of unlikely highs and heart wrenching lows. We go in search of this deeper, more complicated side to a man the mainstream media presented as a joke. ODB was known as a larger than life and comic rapper. Ol’ Dirty’s life was so much more. He spoke truth to power and paid a cost.ODB: A Son Unique is produced by Novel and Talkhouse for USG AudioFor more from Novel visit novel.audio

Episode 8: Sometimes a Name Makes a Man

ODB: A Son Unique

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  • 8 months ago
  • 34:14

ODB died of an accidental drug overdose two days before his 36th birthday. Over the course of his short life, Dirty took on many names – Russell Jones, Ason Unique, Old Dirty Bastard, Osirius – each of them capturing a different facet of his personality. Khalik explores how Ol’ Dirty is remembered by the people who loved him, and why his art has endured so powerfully in the culture.  ODB: A Son Unique is produced by Novel and Talkhouse for USG Audio  For more from Novel visit novel.audioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Episode 7: Back Home

ODB: A Son Unique

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  • 8 months ago
  • 35:34

For ODB, what began as a stint in rehab becomes a three and a half year ordeal stuck in the criminal justice system. A lifetime of unchecked mental health issues, police harassment, media exploitation and substance abuse compounds into a full-blown crisis. So when he is finally released from prison, and an exciting record deal with Rocafella Records awaits, can Dirty move past the deep scars incarceration has left and return to form as the inimitable rapper he once was?   ODB: A Son Unique is produced by Novel and Talkhouse for USG Audio  For more from Novel visit novel.audioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Episode 6: Osirus

ODB: A Son Unique

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  • 8 months ago
  • 29:28

Against a backdrop of continued police harassment, random attacks and memorials to gunned down rappers, ODB’s paranoia goes into overdrive. To save himself, Ol’ Dirty tries to rebrand by returning to the principles of the black freedom struggle and by changing his name to Osirus. But it’s too late. ODB seems to be a marked man.  ODB: A Son Unique is produced by Novel and Talkhouse for USG Audio  For more from Novel visit novel.audioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Episode 5: Fantasy

ODB: A Son Unique

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  • 8 months ago
  • 40:36

ODB scandalizes the nation by riding in a limo to collect a welfare check with an MTV camera crew in tow. His stunts make him a hero to the marginalized and opens doors to pop superstardom as Mariah Carey comes knocking. But as Dirty’s fame increases, the police begin targeting ODB and his brothers in the Wu-Tang Clan. ODB: A Son Unique is produced by Novel and Talkhouse for USG Audio For more from Novel visit novel.audioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Episode 4: Gotta Be Free

ODB: A Son Unique

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  • 8 months ago
  • 35:13

With his record label trying to tame his wild antics, ODB has a fight on his hands to stay true to himself. Against the odds, Dirty’s struggle for artistic freedom leads him to produce one of the most iconic album covers in rap history. ODB: A Son Unique is produced by Novel and Talkhouse for USG Audio For more from Novel visit novel.audioSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.