Young Dirty Bastard was born on April 1989 as Bar-Sun Unique Jones. He was privileged enough to grow up, somewhat literally, around a music studio. Young Dirty Bastard is the son of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Before his untimely demise from an accidental drug overdose, Ol’ Dirty Bastard had created waves in the hip-hop world.
He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang clan and was arguably one of the most liked because of his humor and unusual delivery style. Through the Wu-Tang Can, Young Dirty Bastard also got to hang out with RZA, ODB’s cousin, whom he credits with teaching him the ropes of the music industry.
Coming from such a rich legacy, Young Dirty Bastard has much to prove. As a second-generation Wu-Tang, Young Dirty Bastard is out to let everyone know that it wasn’t all handed to him; he had to work for it too.
While stepping out of his father’s shadow, Young Dirty Bastard has developed his sound while honoring his father’s work. He has performed some of his father’s songs with the Wu-Tang Clan and has several projects set up in honor of his father, including a Brooklyn community project that will hopefully have a street and park named after ODB.
Young Dirty Bastard began his career by releasing mixtapes, including Block 1, which has a tribute to DMX, and A Dirty Tomorrow which features Ghostface Killah. He also teamed up with Wiz Khalifa on the soundtrack to “The Man With The Iron Fists.”
In 2022, Young Dirty Bastard had two career-defining moments that set the stage for all the projects he has set for 2023. The first was his BET performance with Mariah Carey and Latto. The performance of Big Energy and Fantasy was ranked as the most viewed performance in the US.
Afterward, he partnered with the Wu-Tang Clan for the New York State of Mind Tour. Spanning twenty-five cities and featuring other artists, including Nas and Busta Rhymes, Dirty Young Bastard delivered stellar performances while creating traction for his first Single, Bar-Sun, which he dropped in September.
In Bar-Sun, Young Dirty Bastard pays homage to his dad. The video opens with a martial arts scene. Young Dirty Bastard is sitting in the middle of all the action looking zen. The opening also has those indigenous instruments that you would hear in a martial arts movie scene where an epic fight is about to happen, only here it is YDB about to drop some lyrical gems. The song maintains simplicity in its rhythm and beats, making it sound like the 90s but with a modern approach.
The release of Bar-Sun heralds Dirty Young Bastard’s debut album, which is set to drop in February 2023. The album “Brooklyn’s My Blood Type” will have fourteen songs; if the name is anything to go by, it will highlight how Brooklyn has formed his sound and outlook as a hip-hop artist.
The stage is set, and fans have a lot of exciting things to anticipate from Dirty Young Bastard. All information on his work is available on his website.