Ol’ Dirty Merchandise Coming To Stores
Published Monday, December 31, 2007 1:13 PM By Roman Wolfe / AHH
The estate of Wu-Tang Clan member Olâ€™ Dirty Bastard has entered into an agreement with Long Island, New York based company MerchDirect, to produce a new line of Olâ€™ Dirty t-shirts, posters and other accessories featuring the late rapperâ€™s image.
According to Newsday, Olâ€™ Dirty Bastards widow Icelene Jones entered into an agreement with MerchDirect to produce the new lines, which are slated to land in stores around February.
MerchDirect produces official merchandise for a diverse group of artists like R&B singer Sean Kingston, legendary rock group Blue Oyster Cult and pop singer Joss Stone.
“We feel that ODB appeals to Taking Back Sunday’s fans but also appeals to a Joss Stone fan or the white suburban kids who totally love it and get it, and it’s authentic Hip-Hop that real Hip-Hop guys are going to go for,” commented Lee Tepper, one of MerchDirectâ€™s co-founders. “He is definitely an artist that crosses boundaries of genres, and he not only appeals to all genres, but he’s respected, and everyone can relate to his wackiness in a way.”
Olâ€™ Dirty Bastard, born Russell Jones, died of a heart attack at Wu-Tangâ€™s recording studio 36 Records in Manhattan on November 13, 2004, just two days shy of his 36th birthday.
His death set off a struggle over his estate between his widow Icelene Jones, his former managers and his mother, Cherry Jones.
The court battles over Olâ€™ Dirtyâ€™s estate eventually led to a highly anticipated album by the rapper being shelved.
The drama over his estate continued has continued until as recently as March 2007, when two women who claimed to have 11-year-old sons fathered by ODB made paternity claims against the estate in court.
The two mothers also alleged that Icelene Jones mismanaged $225,000 dollars worth of revenue since his death in 2004.
All totaled, four women have come forward since the rapperâ€™s death, each claiming to have a child by Olâ€™ Dirty Bastard.
Two other women had previous filed paternity claims against the estate, one in Carson, California, the other in Jersey City.