ODB Album Delayed Over Legal Battle With Damon Dash
According to the New York Post, Jarred Weisfeld, ODB's former manager, and the rapper's widow, Icelene Jones, claim in papers that were filed in Brooklyn Surrogate Court last month, that Dash still owes "a couple hundred thousand more" on a contract he signed with the estate.
Dash, who owns the rights to A Son Unique, reportedly only shelled out $1 million to ODB.
A Son Unique was scheduled for release last month but has yet to hit shelves. ODB (born Russell Tyrone Jones) begun working on the album in 2004 but died from an accidental overdose while recording it.
"If money is still owed to the estate . . . Mr. Dash does not intend to pay them and will drop his plans to release the record," Icelene stated in the aforementioned court papers, which are part of an ongoing battle over ODB's estate.
She also claims Dash has failed to turn over his documents related to the deal. Dash's spokesperson would offer no comment when contacted.
Icelene is fighting Weisfeld and ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, for control of the deceased Wu-Tang member's estate. She alleges that ODB's mother helped herself to hundreds of thousands of her late husband's cash."
"It appears that $200,000 to $500,000 of funds belonging to [ODB] may have been misused or be owed by Cherry Jones to the estate," Icelene charged in the court papers.
"That's the most retarded allegation I've ever heard in my life," Weisfeld told The Post. "Icelene knows where all that money went - it went to Icelene. All Dirty did was take care of her."
A Son Unique, which was to be released via Damon Dash Music Group, features appearances from Macy Gray, Missy Elliott, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Method Man, N.O.R.E., Pharrell and Clipse, among others.