Wu-Tang rapper's estate signs with production company to manage new projects.
The estate is teaming with Four Screen Productions to bring about new deals aimed at keeping the Wu-Tang Clan rapper's memory alive, according to a statement from company president Messiah Jacobs. "Although his life was cut short, there is still more work to do," Jacobs said in a press release. "His fans want to see more and hear more, and with Four Screens’ creative background, the Estate can give them just that."
Four Screens was behind ODB's digital resurrection at last year's Rock the Bells concert where the deceased rhymer appeared as a hologram and performed with his son, Young Dirty Bastard. His widow, Icelene Jones, praised the work Four Screens has done for the estate thus far. "Since working with Messiah, the estate has really seen growth," she said in a statement. "Four Screens is a company that makes things happen. We wanted to create a reality show and we are doing it. We wanted to have an ODB hologram at Rock the Bells and we did it. We wanted my son Young Dirty to perform there and he did. Messiah and his team make it happen and that is what this estate is about."
ODB died from an accidental drug overdose in November 2004, three days before his birthday. The man known by nicknames like "Dirt McGirt" and "Big Baby Jesus" was easily the most unpredictable and publicly outspoken of the Wu bunch, and the future will bring about even more efforts centered around his memory, promised Four Screens Creative Director Nicole Beckett. "We are always coming with new ideas and projects concerning ODB," she explained. "As a fan myself I am constantly in search of the next great collaboration concerning this iconic rapper, whether it be a commercial for pistachios, a bio pic similar to VH1's TLC, a clothing line, skateboards, whatever … ODB was a talent and a character like we will never see again and his legacy will live on."
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