This Week in Hip-Hop/R&B History: A Look At Ol’ Dirty Bastards Final Official Album, Nigga Please

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– Back in 1999, one of the founding members of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, released his final solo project titled, Nigga Please.

By ’99, Ol’ Dirty Bastard had already made a name for himself in a way that only he could. Not only did his rugged, half-sung, free associative rhyme scheme make him one of a kind, but he had also become quite the public personality. He had been saving children’s lives, triggering welfare reform, and preceding Kanye West with his classic interruption at the 1998 Grammy Awards up until that point. So, when ODB released his second solo album, Nigga Please, this distinct character had accrued a massive following that he would be aiming to please yet again.

The album opens up in dramatic fashion with “Recognize” as comedian Chris Rock, Pharrell Williams, and ODB himself tenaciously let you know that you need to recognize who Ol’ Dirty Bastard is. He then goes on to deliver gems like “I Can’t Wait”, “You Don’t Want to Fuck with Me”, and his rendition of Rick James’ “Cold Blooded”. Also featured on the album was ODB’s smash hit “Got Your Money” featuring Kelis who was making her debut appearance. The track reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a large international success.

Nigga Please was also heavily supported by masterful production from legends like The Neptunes, Irv Gotti, and of course, RZA. The all-star team of producers whipped up an incredible assortment of sounds that included samples and inspiration from Slick Rick, Rick James, Labelle, and even the theme song from American TV Drama, T.J. Hooker.

While Nigga Please wasn’t met with the same critical praise as ODB’s first solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, it still did considerably well commercially. With the added fact that ODB was able to write and record the album in between jail sentences, it becomes that much more evident of the talent that he possessed.

R.I.P. Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Written by DJ Robinson

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