When it comes to their love for the Wu-Tang Clan, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky don’t hold back. As evident from naming their firstborn RZA, it’s clear that they are devoted fans of the legendary New York group. But their admiration doesn’t stop there. Recently, Rihanna received a remarkable gift from renowned grillmakers and jewelers, Gabby Elan. It’s an extraordinary 18-carat diamond grill adorned with the word “DIRT,” paying homage to the late Wu-Tang pioneer, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. In fact, it’s a specific tribute to the iconic grill that Gabby Elan had designed for ODB in the 1990s.
Celebrities like Pusha T, J Balvin, Tyler, The Creator, and even A$AP Rocky himself have been seen sporting Gabby Elan grills in the past. However, Rihanna doesn’t need to wear grills to proudly represent the Wu-Tang Clan, as she’s often seen in their merchandise. But fans couldn’t contain their excitement when they discovered that the couple had named their child after the influential New York rapper and producer. They recently threw an extravagant first birthday party for little RZA, and it’s clear that he will continue to be showered with love and affection.
SON NAMED AFTER WU TANG CLAN CREATOR
What some may not realize is that the decision to name their son RZA is more than just a display of fandom. It also carries a deeper significance closely tied to A$AP Rocky’s heart. Firstly, the father and son share the same middle name, Athelston, which is a touching continuation of their bond. Additionally, Rocky’s real name is Rakim, paying homage to arguably one of the most significant hip-hop icons in New York’s history. But that’s a debate for another time. Perhaps, as one-year-old RZA grows up, he will inherit Rihanna’s grill and carve his own unique path while representing the Staten Island crew.
Meanwhile, the “Born Again” singer recently achieved a significant milestone in her career, further solidifying her name in the annals of music history. She surpassed Eminem as the second artist with the most certified singles. Given the longevity and consistent success of her career, this achievement comes as no surprise but is nonetheless impressive.
THE LEGACY OF OL’ DIRTY BASTARD
ODB, also known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was a member of the influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. His real name was Russell Tyrone Jones, and he was born on November 15, 1968, in Brooklyn, New York. ODB was known for his unique and unpredictable style, characterized by his raw and gritty delivery. He was known to incorporate elements of humor and eccentricity into his music, making him a distinctive figure in the rap scene.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard gained recognition as a member of Wu-Tang Clan, a collective of nine rappers from Staten Island, New York. The group rose to prominence in the 1990s and is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. ODB’s contributions to the group’s debut album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” helped solidify their success. He released his solo debut album, “Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version,” in 1995, which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful.
Throughout his career, ODB faced numerous legal and personal challenges, including legal troubles, substance abuse issues, and sporadic periods of incarceration. However, his talent and larger-than-life personality left an indelible mark on the hip-hop landscape. Sadly, Ol’ Dirty Bastard passed away on November 13, 2004, at the age of 35, due to a drug overdose. He left behind a legacy as a charismatic and influential figure in both Wu-Tang Clan and the wider hip-hop community.