Wu Tang rapper subject of docu, tribute albums

Tue May 5, 2009 7:17pm EDT
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By Mariel Concepcion

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Deceased Wu Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard will be memorialized in an upcoming documentary and a series of tribute albums, all produced by his cousin Raison Allah Iceman.

The first release, "All in Together Now Raw, A Tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard," comes out in May, with an accompanying DVD trailer for the documentary "Dirty. One Word Can Change The World." A new tribute album will be released every other month leading up to the release of the documentary in November.

"Years ago I promised to keep Dirty's legacy alive, so we formed Zu Films and started filming a documentary which tells his life story. When word got out that we were working on a documentary, Wu fans started sending me so many tracks that we didn't want to wait until the soundtrack to the DVD to put them out," Iceman said in a statement.

"All in Together Now" is a 10-track disc that features Wu Tang Clan's The RZA and associates 4th Disciple, Brooklyn Zu, Raison Allah, Masta Killah, Killah Army and Free Murder.

The film "Dirty," three years in the making, features interviews with Ol' Dirty Bastard's family, musical collaborators and friends, including a 13-year-old girl who the musician saved from a car crash when she was a toddler. It also takes viewers through the Brooklyn neighborhood he grew up in and highlights some of the erratic rapper's most famous public moments.

"For our family, Dirt is very much alive," Allah Iceman said. "He was more than an entertainer, he was my blood, and we miss him! I know the tribute album and documentary would have touched his heart."

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

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