ODB’s Dad Battling Misconceptions About His Late Son

William Jones, a Newport News resident who identifies himself as the father of the late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard spoke with The Hampton Roads Daily Press about the myth regarding ODB’s upbringing. “You know, that story about him being raised in the Fort Greene projects on welfare until he was a child of 13 is a total lie,” Jones said in a recent interview. “When I read it in the Vibe magazine a few years ago, my other son was here from the Navy. He said, ‘Daddy did you see this story?’ I was furious. I tried to get in touch with the guy who wrote the story, but all I got was a tape for two weeks. So finally called my wife. She said, ‘Look, I know you’re upset.’ She said, ‘Your son did that for publicity.’ I said, ‘Wow. As hard as we worked …'”

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