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Long hailed as the most unpredictable and eccentric member of the Wu Tang Clan ODB (Ol Dirty Bastard) can also be called unstoppable. Incarcerated since July of this year, ODB has not ceased to continue his illustrious career. Shortly after his sentencing, he signed a record deal with the Los Angeles based independent label D3 Entertainment. The album THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF RUSSELL JONES will be released March 19th.
While ODBs antics offstage have, in recent times, drawn more publicity than his musical output, he has enjoyed astounding success with the Wu-Tang Clan as well as with his solo efforts. It was almost ten years ago that ODB, along with cousins RZA and the Genius, formed the Staten Island-based hip-hop supergroup Wu-Tang Clan. Along with several other core rappers, they hit the underground with their debut release, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to critical acclaim and worldwide success. ODBs solo effort Return of the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version was released in 1995, and showcased his unique, maniacal, left of center style. N**** Please, was released in 1999 and achieved him legendary status.
The Trials & Tribulations of Russell Jones, Ol' Dirty Bastard's third album, was largely recorded on the run and the Wu Tang Clan member was later arrested in a McDonalds restaurant in Philadelphia. Suffice to say, it is not his best work. Despite the title (Russell Jones being ODB's real name) this is not a self-confessional record in which ODB returns to sanity. Oh no. This is a man who raps about "stinking like doo doo" has a song entitled "I Wanna F***" and is now spending 2-4 years in a New York prison. Insanity is a key part of his act and personality. If his excellent previous album Nigga Please explored ODB's party side then Trials & Tribulations delves into his dark depths, confirming his position as the Screaming Jay Hawkins of his generation. However while ODB's creative mania remains intact, the album's production feels rushed, with many of the beats sounding cheap and flat. Best track is "Caught Up" which takes off from where ODB left Kelis on "Got Ya Money". He gains a credit for determination though. Not even imprisonment has stopped ODB's musical career. He signed his latest recording contract shortly after he was put away. Unfortunately ODB's new label is a little short of the readies, hence the glut of B list guest rappers on the album including Mack 10, E-40 and Too Short. Fellow Wu Tang Clan members such as the Rza and Raekwon are notable by their absence, wisely deciding to skip this one until their Shaolin colleague is free again. It might be best if you do too. --Jake Barnes
Top Customer Reviews
Despite what any album summary might tell you, ODB did not record this album while on the run from the law. In fact, none of these songs were even recorded by him. Almost half of the tracks on the album are skits taken from MTV interviews. Of the remaining, more than half are old vocals over awful beats. They actually take a well-known track from his first solo album and put another beat behind it. Even the lead single featuring cult rap group, Insane Clown Posse has recycled ODB lyrics. There are only about three tracks that have unreleased vocals on them and none of them are worth it.
This album contains no production or guest appearances from any member of the Wu-Tang Clan and in fact would be better served to call itself a "remix" album than try to pawn itself off as a brand new ODB album, which it is not.
Let him free forever! I want dirty make a lot of album! I hate when ODB have to stay jail very quiet and I have not seen ODB on TV anymore I want to see him again cuz I always love dirty! I have went to the Wu-Tang Concert and I thought maybe I will see ODB in real live I am so excite but ODB was not there Rza say that ODB in jail in New York and I feel so bad! So Please all you people let FREE ODB!!!, FREE ODB, FREE ODB!!!
and go to freeodb.com!
Most recent customer reviews
FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES THIS CD THEY ARE NOT A TRUE WU FAN CAUSE THIS CD IS GARBAGE. MOST OF THE MUSIC IS TAKEN OUT OF THE RETURN TO THE 36 CHAMBERS AND PUT OVER NEW BEAT WACK BEATS... Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by steven williams
First song has the worst group ever, ICP, that automatically makes this CD horrible from the beginning. The majority of ODB's lyrics are just cut out of old Wu-Tang songs. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002
Ol Dirty. That used to be enough to make many Wu Tang fans run to the local record store and buy his records unheard. Read morePublished on June 29 2002 by Nathan L. Rath
This album is a sheisty industry money making move! ODB had nothing to do with the production of this album! Russel Jones didn't even know that it was coming out! Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by GibbonsGibbons
his voice is annoying and he cant rap. i wasted my money on this cd. he should be kicked out of the wu tang clan and he should stop rapping because he has no talentPublished on May 26 2002
THIS CD IS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!! ESPECIALY THE TUNES ANYBODY - HAS A DANCEHALL TYPE FLAVOR AND HERE COMES THE JUDGE - W/ BUDDHA MONK - THIS IS THE DRUNKEN FUNK STYLE I'M... Read morePublished on May 18 2002
This album is good, I don't care what people say. Yes, there are mixed reviews but this album is a must have. Read morePublished on April 7 2002
That's right folks; the court jester is back, and better than ever. This album is bangin, especially seeing as how Dirty's been in jail for quite some time now. Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by John T. Intravia