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An Ol’ Dirty Bastard Documentary Is Coming to A&E

The legacy of Ol’ Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan will be commemorated in forthcoming A&E Network documentary Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Archival footage from the life of Ol’ Dirty Bastard is coming to A&E Network. The late-Wu Tang Clan member’s estate has recently signed off the first ODB documentary entitled Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard with never-before-seen visual clips recorded by his widow, Icelene Jones.

At two hours, the documentary will feature commentary from ODB’s family and friends, with retellings of his career and troubled upbringing. Co-directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Sam Pollard and his son Jason Pollard, the documentary is set to premiere in 2023.

“I am thrilled to tell the full story of my husband,” Icelene said in a statement. “With this documentary, the world will learn about the son, husband, father and artist. I’m proud of the team that we built, including Pulse, my production partners Nicole Beckett and Messiah Jacobs at Four Screens, and our directing team, the Pollards.”

Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming at A&E Network, said in a statement, “A&E continues to be an industry leader in definitive documentary storytelling. Biography: Ol’ Dirty Bastard will present viewers with the untold story of the man and musician who made an immense cultural impact across just a few short years.”

Sam Bridger, executive producer for Pulse Films, added in a statement, “At Pulse Films, we are passionate about making music documentaries that tell intimate and unique stories about the world’s most iconic artists. ODB completely redefined what it meant to be an MC. [He was] a genius who lived and breathed his art. We are thrilled to have Sam and Jason Pollard on board, who are the perfect filmmakers to tell this amazing story for the first time. There will never be anyone quite like ODB and we are so grateful to his family and friends for inviting us into his world.”

In November 2004, ODB — whose legal name was Russell Tyrone Jones — died of an accidental overdose at 35-years-old.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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