"When you take north, east, west, south/and put it all together and it spell newwwwws!" – Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Brooklyn Zoo II"
Know what else spell(s) news? A star-powered hip-hop festival announcing that two rap legends - not figurative legends, mind you; one's been dead eight years, the other 18 - will perform this fall.
Rock the Bells announced Wednesday that Ol' Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E (aka Russell Jones and Eric Wright) will take the stage during the festival's 10th anniversary performances.
ODB will perform with his former group, Wu-Tang Clan, while Eazy-E will join his old pals from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
How, you're asking, might Ol' Dirty shimmy shimmy ya onto the stage when he died of a drug reaction in a New York recording studio in 2004? And didn't Eazy die of AIDS complications in 1995?
Indeed, but there won't be any seances. The two will appear as virtual images - not holograms. It will be more along the lines of Tupac Shakur's performance last year at Coachella, and less like Obi-Wan or Jessica Yellin.
The latter, of course, were holograms, while 'Pac appeared on stage with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre via a stage technique called Pepper's Ghost that dates to the 16th century. (Ars Technica explains how the optical illusion works.)
Guerilla Union founder Chang Weisberg, whose organization pulls together Rock the Bells, explained to Vibe magazine that the Tupac performance was the inspiration for this year's resurrection of Eazy and Dirt McGirt.
Weisberg told Vibe that when 'Pac began performing "Hail Mary" at Coachella, he was entranced.
Likewise, ODB's mom, Cherry Jones, told Rolling Stone that she was amazed to see her son brought back to life, so to speak.
"Last night was the first time I saw it, and to me, it was so wonderful to stand by him again," she told the magazine. "I don't know how I'm going to react - they'll have to carry me off, but I think it's amazing. I want to sing with it."
She added, "This keeps the artists alive. Dirty was a great artist onstage. This is going to be something else, because he was really great onstage. ... I just want to see the look on his sister and brother's face, his children, grandchildren."
Eazy's widow, Tomica Wright, was similarly excited, telling the magazine, "To have old generations, new generations be able to experience that chemistry between ODB and Eazy and Bones – you see it on video, you see it on the Internet, but to feel it and have that sense of presence is a great experience."
Rock the Bells has four shows slated for the tour thus far, beginning in September with a stop in San Bernardino, California. The festival, known for drawing a broad range of hip-hop acts, will also include performances by Black Hippy, Common, E-40 & Too Short, Tyler the Creator, Jurassic 5, Rakim and Talib Kweli.
It's safe to assume none of them wants to follow ODB.
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Some people will do anything for money. This idea in my humble opinion is in very poor taste. By the way ODB was such a nasty human being, I didn't care for him when he was alive. Good day folks.
give me the news...was it 3 again
ODB = obsolete, dead, buried
cut you losses...
call me babe...
FACT: HE HAS NO REAL FRIENDS....BECAUSE IF HE DID
THEY WOULD TELL HIM TO GET HIS TEETH FIXED.
YOU ARE SURROUNDED WITH LEECHES... CUT
and catch big crappies
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The best rapper is a dead rapper.
Tupac or Biggy?
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Hey...Dirty...Baby I got cha money!!!!
i am not a republican so i would not know.
Republicans are so stupid.
Republicans ARE stupid!
you should only hear what they said about u....oh yea you were just there...
President Obama looks awesome in this picture. He should always wear tha cool gold jacket. It's presidential like.
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No, that's ODB. Ask your mom about him. She had relations with him.
Why in the hell is CNN advertising this rapping trash?
This is promotion of drugs, violence and racism.
This noise "I won't even call it music" is not only obnoxious and horrendous sounding, the lyrics are extremely offensive and you are CNN, promoting this garbage like it's a good think.
SHAME on you CNN, no wonder you have no viewers.
Blah Blah Blah. You feel better now that you got that off of your chest?
I'm not a big rap fan, or hip hop. But who would I be to to say just cause I"m not, CNN should not cover this! I
Go to bed, get some sleep. It'll be OK.
Ooooh WAAA WAA WAA!! Little baby!! Go listen to the Wiggles and Miley Cyrus and Bieber then, or is that 'offensive' to you as well? Sheltered people like you ARE the problem, not rap.
black is black man
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I only know "toot toot, chugga, chugga, big red card"
You get the best of both worlds....chillin out take it slow... then you rock out the show....
That's awesome! Wish I could see it. ODB was the freakin' man!!
How can you call yourself a hip hop fan and not even know the connection between eazy e and bone? he discovered, signed, and helped release their first album before he passed.
Eazy e was da founder of bone thugs n harmony. He never got to see them really come together as a group and perform. As 4 Odb cnt wait to see wat happens. Whose next wit these grams hopefully michael jackson, aaliyah,left eye, or whitney huston
I thought it was that Kurt Cobain fella with a tan. Heck them whight boys look the same to me. Strumming their guitars and banging those drums around the way they do.
I enjoy resting my head on a pillowcase filled with poop.
who is this man
Whatchoo talkin bout, Willis?
it was domino sugar.
Hope I wasn't too aggrevating tonight. My mom let me have 2 coca colas. That's too much caffine for me. I hope you have a happy evening.
Mom should have taught you how to spell "caffeine".
Aaaaand she could have shown you the fine art of spelling "aggravating".
Hot Carl? hahahaha
Is that Carl? Carl is a hip hop genius.
is that hot carl...no sorry
He has a purrrrrty mouuuuth.
That's not ODB. That's a photo of George Clinton from Parliment Funkadellic you racist.
this man has issues...leave him alone.
who is this man.
It's Webster. Webster is cool. Hella cool. Everyone lives The Webster.
We don't just love The Webster. We live The Webster. He be tha man.
this article is interesting.
i didn't know easy e had to do with bone thugs. i thought easy e was the dude from nwa. i need to read up on that apparently. i love e1999 album. makes all the rubbish on the radio sound mentally retarded (no offense to the mentally retarded.)
I said the same damn thing
Aaaaaaah. They are all just coloreds. Who knows which is who? One or a dozen they are all the same. Maybe one rhymes while the other plays basketball. All the same.
No you're right Jerome. Easy was with NWA and I don't remember what either but he did have something to do with BONE Thugs. Founder maybe?
This is sick. People need to stop abusing and using dead people to make money.
I heard most dead people are gay. Really gay. Maybe even lesbeans.
I heard dead anal is the best anal
I went to Rock the Bells (2009 I think) and had a blast. Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang (minus ODB) were the headlining. Word of advice...it is an all day festival and was hot as hell, I saw a bunch of people drunk off their asses by 2pm and passed out/puking in trash cans...drink water during the day and maybe spring for a few brews in the evening so you don't waste the $80+ you spent on admission!!
(sigh) ODB didn't die "of a drug reaction", but rather from an overdose of cocaine and painkillers.
understatement perhaps, but still a drug reaction
No understatement. It was from the coroner's report: http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/12/15/odb.autopsy/
Jud comments are great! Typical corn toothed hillbilly that has no health insurance, is poor, carries little education and no culture, but fight for Republican rights. You go, Jud!!! Keep on fighting for that high income tax break you will never get to take advantage of in your life. Yeee haw!!!
Do you always fight racism and prejudice by spewing more racism and prejudice?
It's funny how my right wing friends are constantly reassuring me that the criticism of Obama has nothing to do with his race, but then I constantly see and hear those critics making lame, racist comments about Obama. How does that work?
1. What does that have to do with the story you are commenting on? and 2. why would you go and do something silly like having right wing friends? I can understand having "conservative" friends, and of course friendship should be able to exist between people of different beliefs, but "right wing"??
Stupid. The men are dead, let it go.
WOOOOOOO! President Obama looks cool in this picture! Almost like a rapper guy! That gold colored jacket is rad!
a hating idiot
Actually, that's ODB. He had his way with your mother some years ago.
I don't know. Sure looks like Obama to me. Are you sure that's somebody else? It's a black guy. Obama is a blackish looking fella. Sure looks like him to me.
Maybe it's Webster. Webster is a tiny little colored. How can we tell them apart?
who is webster!
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