RZA Explains Why He Believes Roc-A-Fella Records Mistreated ODB

BY BANDINI • MAY 8, 2019

This Friday evening (May 10), the documentary, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men will broadcast on Showtime. Veteran music journalist and filmmaker Sacha Jenkins directs the film which retraces the origins involving one of Hip-Hop’s greatest groups. The collective of RZA, GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah co-produced the film.

Notably, Of Mics And Men also will recall the last days of Wu’s ninth founding member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. This week, Complex‘s Shawn Setaro spoke to Jenkins as well as several members of the Clan.

Notably, RZA addressed O.D.B.’s last days, which are shown in the film. The Brooklyn, New Yorker born Russell Jones died inside Wu-Tang’s Midtown Manhattan studio on November 13, 2004, from a drug overdose. In the 18 months before his passing, Ol’ Dirty had made some surprising moves with his solo career. The same day he left prison for a drug sentencing, in 2003, the gold-certified soloist signed with the high-profile Roc-A-Fella Records. He had independently released The Trials & Tribulations Of Russell Jones, a compilation of features, re-recorded songs, and previously unused material.

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