On this day in Hip Hop history the late great Ol’ Dirty Bastard released his second LP Ni**a Please. Before it’s release, ODB was quoted saying that the then untitled album had two contenders for it’s name: “God Made and Dirt Don’t Hurt” and “The Black Man Is God, White Man Is The Devil”. Ni**a Please was decided on after the original two were considered too outrageous.
Known for his controversial nature, ODB’s idea of promoting this project was to get his name in as headline as possible, whether it be positive or negative. In the time in between his debut and sophomore release ODB was all over entertainment news and tabloids. His antics included: a bail money fundraiser, surviving a shootout, interrupting the 1998 Grammy Awards, rescuing a child victim of a hit and run, and petty crime across the country.
Obviously, all press is good press because the album debut on the Billboard 200 at #10 and sold 93,000 copies in the first week. The album went on to be certified gold by the RIAA in the year of its release.