When ODB Used EBT on MTV

Submitted by notoriousclassics on Tue, 03/30/2021 - 15:37
'Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version'

Think that welfare ID card on the cover of Ol' Dirty Bastard's solo debut album was a fake? On March 30, 1995, the Wu-Tang Clan's class clown proved it was real in a major way: by using it on TV.

MTV News followed the late rapper around for a piece to tie into his solo debut Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and got a day's worth of personality from ODB. He and his family ride in a limo. He croons like Al Green. He explains the origins of his stage name ("My style is ol' school, my whole lifestyle is always dirty...there ain't no father to my style"). He answers whether he lets his kids hear his music with a rousing "Of course I do."

And in the clip's signature moment, he and his kids walk into a check-cashing store and receive food stamps. ODB had choice words for critics of the welfare program in America, too. "The people that want to cut off welfare...I think that's terrible," he said. "You know how hard it is for people to live without nothing? You owe me 40 acres and a mule, anyway."