The imprisoned rapper has a number of projects on the go...

OL’ DIRTY BASTARD has begun working on material for a new solo album.

Having spent nearly three years in an upstate New York prison for drug charges and probation violation, the eccentric Wu-Tang Clan

member was reportedly transferred to a psychiatric institution in February.

The move brings ODB – real name, Russell Tyrone Jones – one step closer to freedom. He is said to be currently listening to beats and writing lyrics for a new solo project and Brooklyn Zoo Crew compilation to be completed after his release.

Fellow Wu-Tang

member GZA told MTV: “I think his next project is going to be the best by far from all the works he has done – witty, hilarious, entertaining and absolutely raw. He has a lot to speak about.”

Thirty-three year-old ODB will also be launching his own urban clothing line called Dirt McGirt and a line of underwear entitled Ol’ Dirty Drawers .