Legendary Brooklyn rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s (ODB) daughter Ashana Jones said the rapper’s kids had not received any money from his estate.
According to the New York Post, Ashana has been fighting to get a hold of the money from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, whose real name is Russell Tyrone Jones’ estate, on behalf of herself and her siblings.
“I have not seen anything as of yet, and neither have my half-siblings. I don’t know what is owed. But I just want what is owed. That sum can be sizable, and right now, I have received zero,” she told the Post. “I reached out to Greg [Watts, attorney for the estate] to try getting light on the situation about the heirs’ share. I reached out in the hope that somebody can tell me when everybody will get established and when I will get my payment, so I can avoid going to court. I don’t want to. But if I have to, I will. I am being ignored. Enough is enough. We have to stop playing games.”
ODB reportedly had 13 kids in total, but that number is often debated. He unexpectedly left them behind in 2004 as he passed away from an accidental drug overdose at age 35.
To make matters worse, he didn’t leave a will, so New York State ultimately decided what to do with the rapper’s earnings. His wife at the time, Icelene Jones, was permitted to receive half the money in his estate, and the rest was ordered to be divided among his seven known kids.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s former manager Jarred Weisfeld insisted that the rapper’s age was the main reason that he didn’t have a will to begin with.
“He was young. You can’t tell somebody who’s 35 to get a will,” Weisfeld said.
In 2020, Ashana’s mother Krishana Rucker, reportedly received a $500,000 settlement for outstanding child support dating all back to the time of his death nearly 20 years ago. The payments were completed in February, and now Krishana will give her attorney a retainer and “commission him to get [her] daughter her inheritance from Russell’s estate.”
Weisfeld noted that ODB would be “beyond upset” about the legal drama surrounding his estate if he were alive.
“Dirty would be beyond upset by what is going on. If he could see this, he would say to me that I should have gotten him his divorce. He got out of jail and asked for three things. He wanted a record contract, a clothing line, and a divorce. I got him two out of the three before he died.”