December 20, 2000 10:05


The errant Wu-Tang Clan star managed to fit in a bit of work with his band mate while dodging the cops...

OL' DIRTY BASTARD recorded several new tracks with WU-TANG CLAN leader RZA while on the run.

ODB (real name Russell Jones), arrested in Philadelphia during November after almost a month on the run, has put together "very very peculiar" lyrics with a "Marvin Gaye feeling".

"I hate to admit it, but when Ol' Dirty came out for his little hiatus, he recorded about four or five songs," RZA (real name Robert Diggs) told "He did some to my music, and he did some with [Wu-Tang-affiliated] producer John the Baptist, and he got some material."

He added: "I think he has a lot more songs he planned on doing, because we planned on doing an album, 'The Abbott and the Drunk Monk'. They snatched him before we could settle some of these lyric problems though."

ODB is currently awaiting trial in New York in both Queens and Brooklyn on drugs charges. He was arrested in the car-park of a McDonalds when he mistook police for autograph hunters. He been on the run after fleeing a Californian drugs rehabilitation programme. He also faces parole violation charges in Pasadena, California.

However, RZA said he was confident that the rapper soon will be free. "He definitely will be around for us by the middle of the year. He seems to be very in tune with his mind and very in tune with himself. He's been sober for a long time, so I guess he built some of those brain cells back up."

There has been no provisional release date set for any of the new material.

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