Young Dirty Bastard dropped a new single, “Bar Sun,” on Nov. 15– his late father’s birthday. The soulful track showcases the lyricism of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s son, and features smooth production by Lordz of Brooklyn. The emcee– who’s given name is Barsun Jones– said that while people may know “YDB,” they don’t really know him. “They see me, but now it’s time for me to put my talent to the table and to the test,” he told Life Entertainment.
The past couple of months have been partially spent on tour for Wu-Tang’s 25th anniversary, an experience that YDB called legendary. “Wu-Tang came from an era where people respected music, and just basically gave it to the fans,” he explained. “In this day and time, we don’t get that everyday. You know what’s going on on the radio… they ain’t really saying nothing. So lyrically, the game has been sheltered in a way where it’s like you’re giving the community food stamps, but not telling them how to eat the food and nourish their bodies. You’re just crippling them in a sad way.”
YDB’s talk of strengthening our whole selves is reminiscent of his father, who often discussed spirituality in his interviews. “Everybody on this planet is connected to God,” YDB said when asked the biggest lesson he learned from his dad. “So after healing myself with certain remedies from heart attacks, from cancer, and all that, I started to understand that I was connected to God. I could be a Superman living, you know?”
He’s also focused on his children, and said they affect his desire to be on the road. “I like taking care of my children, my responsibility,” the rapper explained. “So when I leave, it’s more like a real sad thing. Other people will call it a vacation. I never went on no vacation. I went to go get a check, and bring it right back. So that’s how I feel about that.”
Another check that YDB brings home is for starring on WE tv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop: New York.” The reality show follows the now-adult children of hip-hop stars Irv Gotti, Fat Joe, Kid Capri, and more. “It’s supposed to give hip-hop a new hope for the legacy of different children [who grew up] under billion-dollar hip-hop campaigns that were spread through the hip-hop culture,” YDB explained. “That’s what it’s supposed to do.” His storyline, however, also centers on his relationships with women.
“Me as a polygamist, I got to keep it real,” he intimated. “If I meet a wife or a woman, I’m going to love her forever because I always finish what I start. I can’t just meet a woman and just dead her like that because I meet another woman. I’m going to be like, ‘Yo, let’s team up. You do this job, I do my job, and we take care of these babies.’ Because at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”
“Bar Sun” is available now across digital outlets, and expect a new album from YDB next year. There are also Philadelphia and New York shows in January, and a planned European tour. The best is yet to come from the young emcee. “I’m just being more creative… more creative for me,” he said. “I’m finding deeper results within myself, and they’re coming to light. At the end of the day, we all got talent, we just got to find it within ourselves.”
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