MTV News recently caught up with budding emcee Young Dirty Bastard, the son of the late Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard. With this year being the sixth anniversary of of his father’s tragic death from an accidental overdose in 2004, Young Dirty Bastard talked about his father’s legacy as an artist and his favorite memory with him.
“It’s good to get family together,” he said. “We wish we could do that more throughout the year…but it’s still beautiful on days like this…[Ol’ Dirty Bastard] was a person that was trying to change the world, and he had a different view but nobody really understood it. If he would have had just a little more time I think it would have happened. We all for the people. We all here for change.” (MTV.com)
He added, “[My favorite memory with my father is] him eating clams with hot sauce. That’s probably the first time I had clams in my life. That’s something that I do on the regular. I just went to [a] sushi bar last night.” (MTV.com)
The up-and-coming 21-year-old emcee, who is currently gearing up to release two mixtapes, Certified Crack with DJ Symphony and Food Stamp Celebrity with DJ Absolut, also spoke on how his father’s iconic style influenced him as an artist. While some criticize his delivery as overly similar, Young Dirty Bastard says he is very much his own artist.
“It’s in my blood, it’s supposed to be like that,” he said. “Some people be just hating a lot, ‘He’s not like Dirty, he’s trying too hard to be like Dirty.’ It’s in my blood…he’s my pops…I can go from making Soulja Boy music to making Nas music. I’m a real artist, I don’t play.” (MTV.com)
The full interview can be seen below.