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Ol’ Dirty Bastard Documentary Premiere Falls Apart in Brooklyn

Ol' Dirty Bastard Documentary Premiere Falls Apart in Brooklyn

The Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary “Dirty: Platinum Edition,” didn’t have a chance to be screened for the audience of the deceased rapper’s friends and family the other night. The film was set to world premiere as the headliner of the NuHo Online Film Festival.

The premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music got off to a rocky start and stayed that way throughout the evening. First, the Q and A session was moved to the start of the evening which amounted to friends, family, and then really anyone who had a story about ODB getting on stage and talking. Then after more than a few technical problems in attempting to connect RZA to the event via Skype, the death blow to the evening arrived.

A cease and desist order from ODB’s estate arrived. The estate which is administrated by ODB’s widowed wife Icelene Jones, has consistently denied use of ODB’s likeness when she is not contacted. As expressed in an early interview with HipHopDX “I’m the administrator [of ODB’s estate] and the only authority to
give anyone permission to do anything like this—any likeness, any music.
They need to come to me. I’m so available. I’m accessible. I’m easy to
contact.”

AllHipHop who sponsored the event offered an official apology-

“AllHipHop would like to extend their sincerest apologies to those that
came out to see and support the film “Dirty: Platinum Edition.” As a
sponsor of the event, we sought only to offer attendees a means to see
Ol’ Dirty through the eyes of those that knew him personally. We will
continue to support Hip-Hop as a movement, and also ensure that our
audience will have an enjoyable experience. In closing, we remain
respectful fans of Ol Dirty and the Wu Tang Clan as a whole.”

This story was first reported by Rolling Stone here, AllHipHop here, and Pitchfork here.

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