Russell Tyrone Jones AKA ODB

Educational Background and Location

Went to school in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn NY, Fort Greene, New York City, NY

Brief Personal Bio

As he was growing up with a rough childhood in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, New York, ODB and his cousins (Robert Diggs and Gary Grice) formed a hip-hop group called the "Wu-Tang Clan which through music incorporated themes of their times with the symbols from the martial arts films that they loved collectively.

These are a Few of Their Favorite Things

  • Favorite song--Me & Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul

  • Favorite movies--Kung-Fu movies

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

ODB's "rhymes balanced ideas and images both raw and absurd, jumping quickly from cold realities to lewd desires, chuckle-inducing boasts and utterly outlandish threats".

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What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to ODB, you are matched to an artist who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, your piece may include ideas of an outlandish nature that combine with meticulate wordplay to create a piece that is very unique to you. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to ODB's and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

ODB's lyrics include rhymes that "balance ideas and images both raw and absurd".

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, N*gga Please, A Son Unique


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