According to a newly released FBI report, Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard was "heavily involved" in "murder, car-jackings … and the sale of drugs [and] illegal guns" – and that's not even the half of it. The Freedom of Information Act revealed the FBI's 93-page file on ODB, detailing a barrage of serious, sometimes heinous crimes in the late 80s and 90s.
As detailed by Rich Jones of the Gun.io blog, who filed a formal request for information on Russell Tyrone Jones, aka Ol' Dirty Bastard, a collection of redacted police reports, court proceedings and news clippings detail the shady dealings of the man who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2004.
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According to these papers, Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested more than 15 times on charges that ranged from money laundering, resisting arrest to injuring a child, as well as assault, the attempted murder of a police officer, refusing to pay child support and the illegal possession of body armor. Gang-related murders, rapper robberies orchestrated by industry insiders and the use of record labels as hubs for money laundering paints a picture of a lawless, maniacally violent thug who dabbled in rap amidst his life of crime.
In the files, the Wu-Tang Clan are portrayed as a criminal organization, co-ordinating drug-deals and homicides in accordance with a twisted rewards system orchestrated within the industry. "Once individuals have proved themselves as good and loyal members," officers claimed, "they are offered record contracts to record Rap type music."
Somehow, despite all this the Wu-Tang Clan are still making music, and still as beloved as ever. A Raekwon biopic is in the works, and RZA recently unveiled plans for a film about ODB, starring either Tracy Morgan or Eddie Griffin. "I signed on, of course," he said. "[They] got my blessin' to make it happen."
We're there, with bulletproof vests on.