Bumpy Knux had a point with his "save Hip Hop like Ghost did for Wu" line in 2000 what with Supreme Clientele coming out mere months earlier after a string of mediocre Wu albums, but the remark was a little uncharitable to Dirty's underrated 1999 N*gga Please opus. This was, after all, an album which not only rivaled Return To The 36 Chambers in terms of dementedness, but which also was the first example of a Wu-member successfully moving out from under the tutelage of RZA to create an album which wasn't half bad.
But tonight I'm all about post-prison/rehab Roc-A-Fella era Dirty. Specifically, the tracks where he rapped over piano samples (Dirty and Mariah have gone way back like the proverbial babies and pacifers, but Dirty + piano samples were as potent a combination as John Woo & Yun-Fat Chow or Hawksbee & Jacobs or Steven Seagal & Russian maids), and his Dirty Minded documentary from 2004 :
ODB - Lift Ya Skirt
Since this is one I only have on 12" and the only Mp3 of it I can find is the version from the A Son Unique bootleg with a gruesome Missy verse which is the audio equvalent of fat chix doin' burlesque slapped right bang in the middle of it, I think you'll agree that a Youtube embed will have to suffice here. Wild-west piano, a hook which sounds it's delivered by one of the cast of Bugsy Malone and Dirty's declaration that he "fucks pussy until orange like Ernie & Bert" got me cursing Dame Dash for not shooting a video for this one before Dirt carked it as this could have been the most fucked-up hit single of the last decade.
ODB ft. Black Rob - High In The Clouds
An ODB & Primo hook up should've resulted in something half decent, but Pop Shotz could stake a fairly substantial claim for being the most boring Primo production ever if it weren't for that terrible 50 & Primo track from a couple of years back, so the highlight of Dirty's otherwise dire Osirus : The Mixtape ended up being High In The Clouds where our hero tonight raps and wails offkey over the type of piano you were never taught during music lessons in high school. Add in a verse from the usually dependable Black Rob and, voila, we have a gem.
And then there's the Dirty Minded documentary. You know how the trailer for Die Hard 4 was so packed with all the crucial moments that it made sitting down to watch the movie a superfluous experience? Well, I don't wanna do that here by posting all the best quotables from this, but if you've not seen it before allow me to whet your appetite with this nugget from when he pays tribute to his favourite part of the female anatomy :
"The favourite part of a woman.. is when her feet walk across the floor.. without a smell.. but with a smell that you can smell... your own smell.. and you know that feet stink - it got a certain aroma to it.. and you calculatin' how her ass moves from side to side with that aroma.. and you know that it's aroma in that ass too.. but you can lick that asshole but you won't get no aroma..but you know that the aroma existses.."