Ol Dirty Bastard Gets His Own Cryptocurrency With "The Dirty Coin"
Ol' Dirty Bastard's son Young Dirty is taking his father's estate into the 21st century, with the launch of the "Dirty Coin."
Young Dirty has teamed with Link Media Partners, a business development and marketing services firm for the music industry to release the ‘Dirty Coin’, a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology-based products for the Estate’s future music projects.
The Dirty Coin's official symbol is ODB and will be traded on AltMarket and will give fans access to exclusive merchandise, and music from the late Wu-Tang Clan rapper as well as his progeny.
The first project Dirty's Estate hopes to fund will be a new release from Young Dirty, born Barsun Jones.
"Bitcoin is the future of money and all the fans want a part of the future of Ol' Dirty Bastard. In the past, Dad's music was ahead of its time, so it makes sense that he would be ahead of the technology of money now,” said Young Dirty.
Young Dirty and Link Media Partners will develop plans to release music without the aid of a record label, through an upcoming Initial Artist Offering (IAO) this Summer.
“Music thrives creatively and financially when it’s in the hands of the artist themselves. By removing the price tag of experimentation, we’re able to deliver for both the artist and their fans,” said Bryce Weiner, CEO of AltMarket.
Young Dirty is currently in the studio recording his first album, which is slated for a Fall 2018 release. This will be followed by a North American tour with Digital Underground later this year.
"My career has been spent helping artists build and own as much of their careers as possible, so it is an absolute honor to be partnered with Young Dirty and the ODB Estate as we discover and implement exciting new ways for artists to connect with, and empower, their fans,” said Hakim Draper, CEO of Link Media Partners.
Ol Dirty Bastard died on November 13, 2004, of a drug overdose, just two days before his 36th Birthday.