(AllHipHop News) Russell "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Jones would have turned 50 years old on November 15. The late emcee's wife Icelene Jones, children, and surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan will celebrate O.D.B. with a special birthday event in Brooklyn, New York.
"We want people to remember that his family and community were always at the forefront of his work as an artist,” says Icelene Jones. “For him, his music was never about the cars or the trappings that some artists sang about. He was truly and authentically in love with the art form of Hip Hop and when he was not recording or performing, he was with his family.”
Bar-sun "Young Dirty Bastard" Jones and other Hip Hop acts will join the Wu at The Roulette. The nonprofit organizations Hip Hop 4 Foundation and EGL P. U. D. Inc. are involved as well.
"My Dad’s work is iconic and so many performers today speak of the influence that his work has had on them,” states Young Dirty Bastard. “Their respect and regard for his contribution to Hip Hop music are what will keep his legend alive.”
O.D.B.'s daughter, Taniqua Jones, adds, “My father was REAL and he never changed for anyone. He did and said what was on his mind. He was a free spirit and a genius. I love you, Daddy."
Yandy Smith will host the "Celebrating The Legacy Of Ol’ Dirty Bastard" concert. The Love & Hip Hop star offers, "When you begin with the Wu-Tang Clan and Young Dirty Bastard, and then you add artists such as GK Leonitis, Ky’Lee, Hakim Green, Blahzay Blahzay, and Buddha Monk, you have an event that will blow up the internet. We believe that this will be the type of celebration worthy of an artist whose collaborations and contributions transformed contemporary Hip Hop as we know it.”
Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 at the age of 35. Sony Pictures is reportedly developing a biopic about the "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" rapper. In addition, a television series titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga is headed to the Hulu streaming service.