Published Jul 13, 2010Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones) died in 2004, but his surviving family members continue to squabble over control over his legacy. Now, the late rapper's widow, Icelene Jones, has sold away the rights to his posthumous album, A Son Unique, for $10,000.
ODB's former manager, Jarred Weisfeld, told the New York Post [via HipHopDX], "She sold out for peanuts."
Westfeld said that he believed the album could have earned millions - perhaps a stretch given how poor album sales are these days, but his point that she was lowballed is well-taken.
To make matters worse, Icelene Jones has reportedly already spent all of the money, leaving none for ODB's 13 children (mothered by four different women).
This isn't the first time that the widow has made a cash grab: in 1997, while the rapper was still alive, she sued him for $35,000 worth of child support. That claim was likely justified, but her motives in this case are far more questionable.
A Son Unique was initially planned for release in 2006. It was briefly available on iTunes, but currently can't be purchased from any music retailer. You can listen to the track "Dirty and Grimey" in the embedded video below.
There is so far no word on when A Son Unique might see a proper release.