Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Chi Modu: "I knew those guys early on. I’ve been to Staten Island a number of times when they were still out on the block. Before the Wu really took off they were local sensations and we knew they were going somewhere but it hadn’t happened yet. So at that point in their careers, we were just hanging out together.
ODB would never show up for anything. He was a good dude, but he had an aversion to being anywhere he was supposed to be. You could have a photo shoot—they could all be there—5 hours later, he still wouldn’t be there.
"We were gonna do a series of portraits of all the Wu, and make a nine-person grid. So I had them all stand in front of my camera one by one. Sometimes you don’t know how good a photo is until later. That’s just a straight-up shot of ODB’s face, and there aren’t a whole lot of them. So I’m glad I have it. But do you know how hard it was to pin that guy down?
"He would never show up for anything. It was the weirdest thing. He was actually a good dude, but he had an aversion to being anywhere he was supposed to be. So it was not easy. You could have a photo shoot—they could all be there—5 hours later, he still wouldn’t be there. Out of all of them, he would be the one. You know? It’s sort of ironic that he’s the one who’s gone now."