The legacy of Ol’ Dirty Bastard just keeps growing. The Wu-Tang Clan rapper, who died in 2004 at age 35, was the subject of a documentary last year, Dirty: Platinum Edition, which almost never saw release due to opposition from ODB’s estate. Now comes a new biography, The Dirty Version, which its publisher says is the first to be written by someone close to the late hip-hop legend.
That someone is Buddha Monk, who was Dirty’s onstage hype man and has rapping and mixing credits on ODB’s classic solo debut, 1995′s Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. Buddha’s co-author is Mickey Hess, a professor at Rider University who previously wrote Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music and edited such books as Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide and Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of Music, Movement and Culture.
The Dirty Version is due out on November 4 from HarperCollins. “From their days together on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang’s star, from bouts in prison to court-mandated rehab, from Dirty’s favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story,” the book jacket reads. The back cover includes advance praise from Dirty’s widow, Icelene Jones, as well as John “Mook” Gibbons, founder and CEO of Wu-Tang Management. The roughly 200-page book has eight pages of photographs and lists for $25.99.
Check out the cover below, and scroll down to watch a trailer for last year’s ODB documentary.