18 years later after the passing of rap legend, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, his widow comes after Wu Tang productions over piled up unpaid royalties. It’s almost unbelievable how time flies. To think that it has been nearly 20 years since the world lost Ol’ Dirty Bastard is just wild!
The late New York rapper is a legend whose legacy and style will forever continue to impact new generations of artists settling into the Hip-Hop community.
But it is rather unfortunate that ODB’s talents are now in the thick of a lawsuit filed by his widow, from news that surfaced earlier on Wednesday, February 8th.
From a report put out by Variety, Icelene Jones has gone for the jugular, filing a lawsuit against Wu-Tang Clan Productions, which is owned and operated by RZA. In the lawsuit, she cites that her late husband’s “estate is owed at least $1 million in unpaid royalties.”
According to Mrs. Jones, she alleges that from the year 2011 until 2021, the estate did not receive any royalties. Not a dime.
It was only in July 2021 that a $130K check was reportedly sent and “the estate also received some payments in 2019 and 2020 from Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., but the suit alleges that the combined payments are just a fraction of what is owed.” RZA is yet to respond to the lawsuit at the time of this publication.