Young Dirty Bastard, son of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and the family’s estate have expressed their support of the use of a hologram of the late rapper in the upcoming Rock the Bells music festival.
When RTB announced back in May that it planned to use a hologram of Ol’ Dirty and Easy-E it was reported that the family estate of ODB filed a cease and desist to organizers, Guerilla Union.
“At first, when it was reported that I was issued a cease and desist, I was never issued a cease and desist at that point,” said Guerilla Union founder Chang Weisberg. “I was finally, many more weeks after that, contacted by the family, at which point they said that they had issued a cease and desist, but wanted to talk to us. It was more just protocol. I don’t think they knew who to contact. To be honest, I didn’t even know who Icelene Jones (Ol Dirty Bastard’s Widow) was and that’s no fault to any side. It’s just, in 10 years of dealing with Wu-Tang, I’ve always dealt with Cherry. That’s been mom. That’s all the members. She used to be Dirty’s manager. So, with that said, I still had the full endorsement of Cherry and of the group. Then, I come to find who the family members are and the controllers of the estate, which I was happy to. This was a good vetting out process and a needed dialogue began.”
Young Dirty expressed in an interview on July 30 that he and the estate just wanted to to be involved in the process. Honoring their wishes organizer, Guerilla Union and the family estate have been working on every detail of the upcoming performance to properly honor the late rapper. Icelene and the estate will release an official statement stating its support of the performance in the near future.
The Rock the Bells music festival is scheduled to begin September 7th in Los angeles and continue onto other dates in San Francisco, Washington D.C., and New York. The festival will include performances from Kid Cudi, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy, Tech N9ne, JUrassic 5, and many more.
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