RZA On ODB's Signing To Roc-A-Fella: "They Never Treated Him The Way He's Supposed To Be Treated"
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ODB signed with Roc-A-Fella in 2003 following his release from prison.
Speaking to Complex about the Wu-Tang Clan's four-part documentary, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on Showtime May 10, RZA spoke about certain scenes that are featured in the doc, including some with the late ODB, who was RZA's cousin.
The conversation shifts to ODB when RZA is asked what was it like looking at all the footage that included his cousin.
"It was very painful to watch it. You have joy and pain that's happening. You get the joy of him and his energy," he said. "And then, the documentary goes and shows the fat Dirty, when Roc-A-Fella had him [Dirty signed to Roc-A-Fella in 2003, after coming out of prison]. I always felt like they never treated [him] the way he was supposed to be treated."
"They never treated him the way he's supposed to be treated. Even a diamond when it comes out of the ground, it's just a rock to be polished, and then cleaned and cut right," he continued. "When he came out the system they were just like, 'No, let's just move him here.' When you watch it, for me it was hard. It was a joy to see my brother."
From there, RZA speaks to footage that was filmed for a VH1 reality TV show ODB was doing that never came to fruition, and addresses one scene where ODB claims that RZA isn't letting him out of his contract.
"There's one scene in there where he says, 'RZA won't let me out my contract. What the fuck you doing?' He was cursing on camera. And then Jarred [Weisfeld, Dirty’s then-manager] just throws a pin there: 'What, RZA wants money?'" RZA explained.
"I'm never going to ask my cousin for no money or nothing like that. Out of anybody, I feel he is not supposed to leave Wu-Tang Production because this is our dreams...it was interesting to see how he felt. And whether it was from peer motivation—whether it was how he felt or whether he was being [influenced], it was interesting to hear it," he added.
The Wu-Tang Clan will be embarking on a Gods of Rap Tour in May alongside Public Enemy and De La Soul.