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The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Nov 6, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
Founding Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004 at age 35, has a legend of folk hero proportions for both his tremendous talent and his wild offstage antics. The story behind the legend is told in The Dirty Version, by producer, MC, Brooklyn Zu member, and Wu-Tang affiliate Buddha Monk, Dirty’s right-hand man on stage and in the studio. A close friend since childhood, Buddha witnessed Dirty’s trials and triumphs, from being harassed by the cops on the corner of Putnam and Franklin Avenues in Bed-Stuy (where an ODB mural now stands), to touring the world at the height of his fame, to going on the run after escaping from court-mandated rehab. Along with his co-author Professor Mickey Hess, author of Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music and other works on the genre, Buddha tells the true stories behind the Wu-Tang icon at Restoration Plaza, in the neighborhood where it all started. Buddha and Mickey will be interviewed by noted hip-hop writer and interviewer Shawn Setaro, host of the critically acclaimed hip-hop podcast The Cipher, and former Editor-in-Chief of Rap Genius. Reception and book signing to follow.