Ol' Dirty Bastard's Documentary Gets Complicated, Family Gets Accused of "Greed"

(AllHipHop News) Last Friday’s (November 15th) screening of the Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary Dirty Platinum at Brooklyn Academy of music went from a celebration of the life of one of the most celebrated figures in Hip Hop history to a near violent mess.  During an interview with XXL, NuHo Film Festival’s owner, Chris Kanik explains how the alleged greed of ODB’s family is what kept the documentary from being screened.

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At the event, Kanik informed the packed crowd that the film would not be shown due to the lawyers of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s estate filing a cease and desist order. However, in his interview, Kanik reveals that he knew of the cease and desist order a full day before the screening was supposed to happen and attributed its failure to ODB’s family’s “greed”.

I thought everything was handled, and then 24 hours before the event, their lawyers contact us again and start spelling out all the money and damages. It’s an issue of plain and simple greed. It’s plain and simple greed. These people are not interested in enhancing the legacy of ODB, they’re more interested in putting up front money in their pockets.

According to Kanik, he was under the assumption that Raison Allah had secured all the rights for the documentary he brought to Kanik in March due to the fact that some of the documentation had the signature of Icelene Jones, ODB’s widow on them. Kanik alleges that ODB’s son, Young Dirty Bastard sent text messages to Kanik demanding $50,000 and a percentage of the DVD sales. Kanik offered the estate and ODB’s family 25% of all the money made from the film and was allegedly never counter offered by the family.

The family has not issued a formal comment, countering Kanik’s claims.

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16 Responses to “Ol' Dirty Bastard's Documentary Gets Complicated, Family Gets Accused of "Greed"”

    • afroking

      so you are saying that because someone took time to create a piece that wouldnt have been created otherwise that the family of the people who werent doing a damn thing deserve more than the guy who actually gave a shit and put forward effort to make something and be productive? The family can sit back and make money just because? Why didn’t they do the documentary then? Oh wait… they are too lazy and have no creativity or passion to do it.

  1. W.E.B. Du Bois

    I worked in the office of a funeral home – and seen the jealousy and competition for assets – of all ages, class, ethnicity – this is very common

  2. eddieknucks

    25% is fair if they weren’t part of the production. They don’t realize that with this documentary out, it will build renewed interest in ODB. When the buzz builds they can release his greatest hits and other ventures. Bad business decision on the family part.

  3. Jayson C Williams

    Maybe they’re concerned with money because he smoked up most of his families financials while alive. Like we always call these woman greedy gold diggers etc. And with most situations ppl are right but there’s a certain level of dysfunction that sets the standards with blk ppl esp rappers. Treat your family good.. And when u pass they might be more inclined to support your image/ freely, in a more respectful positive way. But greed is greed and if she’s being a thot than blame odb for keeping her around

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