Friday, January 30, 2015

A Conversation With Mickey Hess About the Life and Times of the Legendary Wu-Tang Clan Member Known as Ol' Dirty Bastard

For this, the second episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show of 2015, I chatted with Dr. Mickey Hess about the life and times of the legendary hip-hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard.

Mickey took on the challenge of tracking down Dirty's family, friends, and fellow members of the seminal hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan for his new book The Dirty Version: On Stage, In the Studio, and In the Streets With Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Hess's hip-hop vision quest paid off with a book full of great stories and insights about Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones). In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Mickey separates myth from fact. How did ODB feel about fame? What was it like hanging out with Dirty's dear friend and fellow member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Buddha Monk, at a Houlihan's restaurant? How did Dirty's drug and alcohol use impact his art and life? Did ODB's time in prison lead to his untimely death?

Mickey and I also talk about ODB's unbelievable adventures such as lifting a car off of an injured child, crashing the Grammys, and of course taking a limousine with his family to cash their monthly welfare check.

It is always a great time when you can sit down with a fellow hip-hop aficionado. Dr. Hess was a great conversation partner.

In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, I also comment on the "ghetto nerd" goodness that was last week's WWE Royal Rumble event (with my obligatory thoughts about the Roman Reign's fiasco) and make a prediction for this weekend's Superbowl game between my beloved New England Patriots and the Seahawks.

This episode of the podcast known as The Chauncey Devega Show can be listened to below or "watched" on the official Youtube channel for

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Dan Kasteray said...

I admit in the past I was somewhat close minded about hip hop, though now this is inspiring me to explore and broaden my musical experience

chauncey devega said...

If our conversation inspired curiosity then mission accomplished.

Go Pats! I am saying that all day.

chauncey devega said...

Stunned. One of the greatest games ever played inmao.

kokanee said...

Congrats on the NE win!

kokanee said...

I'm still shellshocked.

kokanee said...

I listened to the ODB podcast and then listened to Wu-Tang Clan & ODB music for a couple hours. I'm liking WTC more and more - fits my genre very well. ;)

Enjoyed the podcast! Sad ending to ODB's life...