Wu-Tang Clan fans hoping to see Ol’ Dirty Bastard virtually resurrected at this upcoming summer’s Rock The Bells music festival series may have to hold their breath if his widow has any say about it.
According to reports, Icelene Jones has taken direct offense to hologram plans being announced without her approval.
Icelene Jones voiced her disapproval and said via press release that as the administrator of ODB’s estate, she is the only person that can approve use of his likeness. “I am disappointed that Rock the Bells would not contact me directly about the use of my husband’s image. I am looking forward to talking to Wu-Tang about this matter and coming up with a positive solution in order to bring my husband’s image to the stage once again.” (Rolling Out)
Rather than sit around and wait, Jones has taken immediate action against the annual festival’s organizers.
“My son, Young Dirty Bastard, [also known as] Boy Jones has always performed at Rock the Bells and looks forward to working with his Uncle RZA every year.” In the meantime, however, the estate of ODB, born Russell Jones, has issued a cease and desist order against Rock the Bells organizers. The estate stands on its sole ownership of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s lyrics, performances and likeness. (Rolling Out)
An announcement about ODB being resurrected to perform hit the Internet earlier this week.
Not only will the Wu come together as they did most recently at Coachella this year, but they will also be accompanied by a virtual rendition of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. One of the last major performances from the entire Clan, ODB included, happened during the inaugural Rock The Bells in 2004. Meanwhile, Bone Thugs will be joined on stage by a virtual performance from the late Eazy-E. The Compton rapper was a mentor for the Cleveland rap group and had signed them to his Ruthless Records label. (Complex)
Back in 2010, the late rapper’s ex-manager Jarred Weisfeld called out his widow for not capitalizing on his music.
The widow of rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard hawked his prized final album for a song. So says Weisfeld who claims Icelene Jones quietly signed away the rights to “A Son Unique,” the singer’s posthumously- released album, and spent the proceeds. “She sold out for peanuts,” said Weisfeld, who said he was told the price was as little as $10,000. Weisfeld believed that the album could have brought in millions for ODB’s survivors, who include his mother, Cherry Jones, and four baby mamas who bore his children. Family members and Weisfeld have squared off in Brooklyn Surrogate Court, for control over what’s left of his career earnings. Icelene Jones did not return calls. (New York Post)