Ol' Dirty Bastard
Nigga Please


3.0
good

Review

by TomAndJerry USER (11 Reviews)
May 18th, 2010 | 62 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a musical genre that seems to generally lack inspiration, variety, and charisma, ODB stood out and thrived by being outlandish, unpredictable, and raunchy. A unique character through and through, ODB was in the booth what he was in real life.

Russell Tyrone Jones was, and is, an exemplary example of ‘black trash’. The man we came to know (as Ol’ Dirty Bastard) and love was, let’s face it, a piece of sh*t. Whether his bizarre antics stemmed from a slight mental disorder or severe drug problems may be unknown, but it’s unarguable that he was a polarizing figure and one colorful character. With a wild, uncivilized demeanor and an unkempt appearance, he was notorious for his ability to stir up controversy. His out-of-studio issues included referring to a female attorney as a “sperm donor” in a court room, being shot on several different occasions, and having multiple run-ins with the law. But the man who referred to himself as Big Baby Jesus was perhaps just as spastic, obnoxious, and outrageous in the studio as he was throughout the course of his personal life. His second solo album is not only indicative of who he was as a musician, but who he was as a person. Sporadic, inconsistent, and unpredictable, Nigga Please is an engaging listen, sure to entertain, but you may not always like it.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in a sense of vocals, had been declining since the Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). On Nigga Please he’s at a mid point, half slur-rapping, half shouting; kicking and screeching at the microphone from the tip of his lungs. His rapping is a bloody, drunken mess, shouting demands and threats, barely punch lining, much less even saying something coherent. Yet, it’s oddly charming, and he’s got a way with hooks. Strangely enough, his lack of coherence becomes more of a positive than a negative, lacing the album with true spirit – if you could call it that – that it really couldn’t live without.

As crack-addicted as ODB was at this point, he’s incredibly likeable, and in 1999, he had a very great ear for beats. Now his choice of instrumentals was not good in a sense that these beats were of premium quality, but rather, he knew what he liked and went with what fit him. “You Don’t Want To *** With Me” and “I Can’t Wait” are majestic and pulsating, with the former swaying in its splendor, giving ODB. room to scowl over the track, while the later is fast-paced like a late 90’s Busta Rhymes tip. And ODB, being the only other rapper to sound really good over these beats, rips it to shreds without one single quality punch line. Moreover (and strangely enough) The Neptunes’ concrete pop beats sound really good as the backdrop behind his drug induced flow.

In terms of songs, ODB’s quality choice of beats and incoherence come together to form palatable songs that somehow work. “Cold Blooded”, a cover of the Rick James hit, is laced with bouncy organs, claptrap drums, and overall solid structure in pure Neptunes fashion, only to be derailed perfectly by ODB., who’s raspy, purposefully karaoke-esqe singing is drawling to say the least. Surprisingly enough, it’s one of the catchiest numbers of the record. “Got Your Money” has a ‘cute’ little couplet in “I don’t have no trouble with you ***in’ me/ But I have a little problem with you not f**kin’ me”, and it shows the true art of ODB.’s recklessness, as he truly did not give a f**k, as any other artist handling the line would be called on it. He’s easily the worst Wu-Tanger lyrically other than the gibberish babble of U-God, but it’d be hard not to call him also one of the best songwriters, as he infused every song with his distinctive wild-man personality. He’s a trademark, and it’s one reason why he’s legions above most of his piers.

However, there are enormous flaws to be found throughout the record’s duration. Other than ODB’s obvious lack of ‘lyrical swords’, weed carriers run rampart on a couple of songs, and ultimately spoil some tracks. “Getting High” is the most Wu-sounding song on the record, but it’s ruined by Shorty Sh*t Stain, most overrated Wu-B-Teamer La The Darkman, and 12’O’Clock. “Dirt Dog” is ridden with one of the most plain, trite beats out there, and “I Want Pussy” is just scary and insanely stupid, beyond the levels that would garner it appreciation. One thing that’s even worse, ODB actually mixes some lyricism from his early Wu records in here on one song. The title track mixes RZA’s madly driven guitar/horn mess with Ol’ Dirt going at his enemies with a hunger we haven’t heard from him since the Clan’s debut. It’s campy, it’s great, and ODB never sounds more comfortable on the record with his writing abilities.

In a musical genre that seems to generally lack inspiration, variety, and charisma, ODB stood out and thrived by being outlandish, unpredictable, and raunchy. A unique character through and through, ODB was in the booth what he was in real life. He was true to himself, and true to his music until the day he died of (you guessed it) a drug overdose two days before his 36th birthday. ODB, we hardly knew ye. He died

R.I.P. Russell "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004)



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TomAndJerry
May 18th 2010


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oops, overly long summary.



- thomas

Bulldog
May 18th 2010


3796 Comments


hmmm, never really listened to ODB's solo material. ive only heard him on guest appearances and wu-tang's debut and such

EDIT: damn, image didn't work.

MUNGOLOID
May 18th 2010


4464 Comments


Hey Dirty, baby I got your money don't you worry.

that was my shit man.

qwe3
May 18th 2010


21808 Comments


lol odb

Enotron
May 18th 2010


7695 Comments


ITS THE ODB....ITS NOT THE YOUNG DB

Bulldog
May 18th 2010


3796 Comments


i think he took his name from some 80's martial arts flick character or something

MUNGOLOID
May 18th 2010


4464 Comments


yeah that's true.

Bulldog
May 18th 2010


3796 Comments


other wu tangers did similar shit. but im not that much into the clan

MUNGOLOID
May 18th 2010


4464 Comments


Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, and U-God did it too.

The RZA and GZA use the letter Z in their names because it symbolizes mastery or something like that.

illmitch
May 18th 2010


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bulldog why are you responding to your own review

Zipzop5565
May 18th 2010


402 Comments


What the fuck is this shit. Don't listen to rap

O.J. Simpson
May 18th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As soon as you stop being a generic metalhead.

ConsiderPhlebas
May 18th 2010


6157 Comments


Never heard this album, just baby got your money. Loved his debut though so think i'll check it out. Great review.

PearlDrummer20
May 18th 2010


1089 Comments


been meaning to hear this guy, ever since Josh Homme gave them a shout-out in his Record Store Day
promo video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=indWlV5QLko

illmitch
May 18th 2010


5511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys




lol

TomAndJerry
May 18th 2010


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks ConsiderPhlebas.



pearldrummer - that video is hilarious. but odb is one person.



- gerald

PearlDrummer20
May 18th 2010


1089 Comments


I know now, changed it.

Bulldog
May 18th 2010


3796 Comments


debating on whether i should listen to liquid swords or this

O.J. Simpson
May 18th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you're a moron if you have to debate that.

O.J. Simpson
May 18th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

NIGGA PLEASE!!!!



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