Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne is “this” close to going to war with the estate of late hip-hop artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard. New reports claim ODB’s family is taking action against him for trying to trademark “New Dirty Bastard.”
According to reports, ODB’s estate has sent a letter to Wayne’s Young Money company threatening legal action.
The document explains that the Estate of Russell Jones owns the “full right, title, and interest in and to the name and likeness” of anything ODB, and they believe the recent filing by Young Money to register “New Dirty Bastard” is a clear violation of trademark law. Specifically, ODB’s estate says the registration will cause confusion with consumers, so they want all the applications for “New Dirty Bastard” withdrawn immediately. They also want Weezy and company to scrap any plans to use “New Dirty Bastard” in any capacity. (The Blast)
In mid-June, reports emerged about Wayne trying to register the name.
The name is of course derived from the co-founder of the legendary Wu Tang Clan, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Ol’ Dirty’s son, Barsun Jones, uses the name “Young Dirty Bastard” in performances, specifically rapping his father’s verses along with the WTC during their shows. Ol’ Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 at the age of 35 from a drug overdose. (The Source)
Recently, Young Money president Mack Maine said Wayne told him to prepare for a YMCMB summer takeover.
A few weeks ago, Wayne celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his Tha Carter III album.