The family of Russell Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard are willing to share the “Bastard” name with Lil’ Wayne.
According to recent reports, ODB’s estate, which is overseen by the late Wu-Tang Clan rapper’s widow Icelene Jones, sent a letter to Young Money Entertainment, explaining that the ODB estate owns the “full right, title, and interest in and to the name and likeness” of anything or anyone that resembles, looks or sounds like Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
The name that Lil’ Wayne seeks to use and his filing to use the moniker “New Dirty Bastard” is in violation of that trademark law.
The estate wants Lil’ Wayne and YMCMB to abandon any plans to use the name and more importantly, want the applications to trademark New Dirty bastard withdrawn immediately.
The document says that the “estate will be forced to take appropriate legal action” if Young Money doesn’t cease and desist the filing.
The Jones family has reached out to the Young Money boss, but have yet to receive a response.