Ol' Dirty Bastard's Digital Performance At Rock The Bells Will Be "Beautiful," Says U-God

Exclusive: Wu-Tang Clan's U-God shares his take on this year's Rock the Bells festival and their plans to feature a digital performance of Ol' Dirty Bastard.

On the eve of Rock the Bells' 2013 festival line-up announcement (May 14), U-God spoke with HipHopDX about what it means for him to be a part of Ol' Dirty Bastard's return to the stage via "digital performance." 

"Hip Hop is gonna move whether we movin' or not, man. Peoples is gonna do what they do," U-God said when asked about seeing Ol' Dirty Bastard in a new digital form. "So you just gotta enjoy the music. Sit back, relax and just enjoy it." 

U-God continued, adding that he feels the digital performance makes this year's festival special. Calling it an event, U-God was quick to note how "beautiful" this is, in his eyes. 

"That's a beautiful thing, first of all. First and foremost, it's beautiful," he continued. "It's lovely just seeing that. I want to see it. Thats what I'm waiting for. It's an occasion now. It's an event. That's the thing about it. That's the beautiful thing about Rock the Bells. It's an event. Come on in. Join in. It's beautiful."

"When I was young, we went to Union Square. That was the first time I seen Will Smith, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim and KRS-One when it was raw and all that fly shit. So that had an effect on my rhymes. I wanted to be like that but I didn't know how to. But as a man becomes a man, you start learning, 'If I wasn't a part of that event, maybe I might've been just a little more different." 

For fans, memories of Ol' Dirty Bastard are usually centered around his interviews, live shows or musical recordings. For U-God, this is different. His memories go back to their days before stardom. 

"Dirty used to come to our hood, me, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon. He used to come with GZA, RZA and they used to come in our hood, smoke weed, drink and do they little thing. Cappadonna too. You know what I'm sayin'? We was out there doin' our thing so we were attracted amongst each other because we all liked to rhyme...We was hood buddies, man. We was always together," he shared, before also adding that he learned from Dirty. "As an artist, I learned a lot from the man. That's a whole different thing. So, rest in peace to my brother, man. I love my brother. I have beautiful memories." 

U-God may get a chance to relive some of those memories at this year's Rock the Bells festival. Currently, the festival is set to feature Ol' Dirty Bastard in what Guerilla Union has called a "digital performance" with Wu-Tang. In an interview with HipHopDX, Chang Weisberg, head of Guerilla Union, explained what it will look like. "I think it's going to look and feel like what a lot of people say is a hologram," he said, before pointing out that he isn't calling it a hologram. "It's a combination of multi-media and a lot of effects," he added.

With those plans in motion, Ol' Dirty Bastard's widow has filed a cease & desist order to Rock the Bells organizers. In an exclusive with HipHopDX earlier this week, Icelene Jones explained the conflict. "I’m the administrator [of ODB’s estate] and the only authority to give anyone permission to do anything like this—any likeness, any music," she said. "They need to come to me. I’m so available. I’m accessible. I’m easy to contact. I just want to make that understood. I’m a nice person. It’s just that people are doing things without my knowledge."

Ol' Dirty Bastard's son, Young Dirty, also said that they want complete control over the performance and that they want to look at contracts. "We want all of the control," he added in the interview. "I would love to see the contract with the paper on it. The money, that’s big business. We talking about money, that’s capitalization. We definitely want full control and authority over that."

For now, Guerilla Union has issued this statement to HipHopDX about the matter: "We are aware of the cease and desist order and will release a more in-depth statement next week. It’s our goal and desire to do this virtual performance the correct way; it’s important for all parties to feel right and good about this, so we are working on it."

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26 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Shame on a nigga who still listens to these bums

  • mophead

    I wonder if he'll throw a white rose like he did in the Aaliyah video

  • Anonymous

    Bringing new meaning to "Wu-Tang is here forever, motherfuckers". Can't wait for future technology when we can watch shit like that at home. At least it better happen in my lifetime. I want home hologram concerts!

  • Anonymous

    How is Wu Tang relevant? Seriously. They haven't done anything important or recognized in years. All they do is talk about some reunion album that clearly will never happen, or if it does it will go triple plastic. It's ok to be a fan, but at least be a realistic fan.

    • Anonymous

      You're kidding right, there's adults rocking Wu-Tang shirts. I saw three people alone rocking a Wu-Tang shirt in a single day last week. I heard a guy turnt up to a Wu-Tang Song just yesterday that I thought was a Hipster. They are very much still relevant. One of the only records I've bought this year was Ghostface Killah's 16 reasons to die. Wu-Tang performed on Jimmy Kimmel as did Ghostface. I think they're very much relevant.

  • Anonymous

    Brooklyn Zoo! SUUUUUUUUU R.I.P ODB

  • Anonymous

    all these comments not one had an accurate point..shut up if you dont know hiphop!!!1

    • Anonymous

      ^^ where in his comment did he say he listens to macklemore and kendrick, quote-man?.. (i know it's you due to your notorious hatred towards them)..

    • Anonymous

      You listen to Macklemore and Kendrick. That's not hip hop. That's instrumental/elevator music.

  • Anonymous

    U God is a lowlife moron. An event? No, that will be Drake's next album. ODB was nothing more than a fat slob and dope fiend, who left his family without any money. His son should care less about the few grand they'll probably get, and focus on making something of himself. A new hair style would also be advisable.

  • amaterasu

    it's starting to be embarassing to be a wu tang fan

    • TROLLIN ON THESE TROLLS

      I SWEAR, SOME PEOPLE DESERVED TO BE SWALLOWED BY THEIR MOTHERS. HAVEN'T BEEN RELEVANT IN YEARS? LEGACY BASED OFF ONE ALBUM? WU IS FOREVER AND WILL ALWAYS BE RELEVANT, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.

    • Anonymous

      Starting? These over-rated bums haven't been relevant in years. Album after album have chipped away at their legacy which was based off one album.

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  • mackdoggymack

    Who cares. Dude was a junkie and couldn't rap.

  • Fuck Staten Island

    A dead nigga's digital performance at Rock the Bells will be "irrelevant", says a irrelevant nigga.

    • TROLLIN ON THESE TROLLS

      NAH FUCK YOU, NIGGA. THIS EVENT AND GOLDEN ARMS WILL ALWAYS BE MORE RELEVANT THAN YOUR BITCH ASS.

  • Anonymous

    there wont be one says ODBs wife..

  • dentaldamboy

    ODB was the only member of Wu-Tang worth listening to. He was the only one who was able to evolve his sound in the early 2000's before his unfortunate death. In the mid and early 90's Wu Tang clan was the pop rap of their time. As the sound of pop-rap shifted due the emergence of Jay-Z as the top pop rapper, ODB joined Rocafella. All of the other members still sounded the same and didn't move labels. So now, they all sound like a bunch of old angry out-of-favor pop acts.

    • TROLLIN ON THESE TROLLS

      YOU HATE JAY-Z THOUGH. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO SAY THAT ODB WAS THE BEST ONE BECAUSE HE SIGNED TO THE ROC WHEN YOU HATE JAY? YOU MAKE NO SENSE. MATTER OF FACT, YOU AND YOUR YM TROLL BUDDIES NEVER HAVE.

    • Anonymous

      Go shoot yourself.

  • Old Clean Bastard aka The OCB

    Shame on a N*gg@...

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