The New York City Council has voted to approve a resolution officially making Nov. 15 “Ol’ Dirty Bastard Day.”
Introduced by City Council Member Chi Ossé, 25, the day falls on ODB’s birthday and was announced ahead of Lincoln Center’s celebration to honor his work and legacy in music.
While Wu-Tang Clan is synonymous with Staten Island, New York, which the group shouted out as “Shaolin Land” and has since had an intersection renamed “Wu-Tang Clan District,” some of the group’s members were from Brooklyn, including ODB, who proudly repped his Brooklyn roots on his song “Brooklyn Zoo.”
The late ODB now joins his groupmate Ghostface Killah, real name Dennis Coles, in having his own day. Last year, Mayor Adams proclaimed May 9 as “Ghostface Killah Day” after attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new coffee shop Coles opened in Staten Island.
Ossé hopes to honor more Wu-Tang members with their own days despite the difficulty of securing the honor for figures who are still living, according to the outlet. Other Wu-Tang founding members who could receive their own day in the future include Robert Diggs (better known as “RZA”) and Gary Grice (“GZA”).
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Source: Black Enterprise