Ol' Dirty Bastard Was On The Mic While On The Lam

The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones due March 5.

Free time is rare for Ol' Dirty Bastard, but he knows how to make good use of it.

The incarcerated Wu-Tang Clan MC is slated to release his third solo album, The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, on March 5. Some, if not most, of the disc was recorded while Dirty was on the lam last fall, after he escaped from a court-ordered drug rehab program in Los Angeles. He was picked up by authorities on the East Coast in November and has been locked up ever since.

Confirmed guests include his fellow Clansman Method Man, Mack 10, Big Syke, Too Short, C-Murder and E-40, according to a publicist at D3 Entertainment, which is releasing the album. The D3 publicist said ODB had finished his deal with Elektra, which released his 1995 debut, Return to the 36 Chambers, and 1999's N***a Please as well as a best-of collection last month called The Dirty Story: The Best of ODB. An Elektra spokesperson could not confirm ODB's status with the label.

Last week a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced ODB to two years in prison for violating probation by fleeing the rehab center (see "ODB Gets Two Years For Fleeing Rehab, Violating Probation"). But the term will run concurrently with the two- to four-year sentence he is serving in New York for a crack cocaine conviction. He also received credit in the Los Angeles case for roughly a year of jail time already served.

ODB's attorney, Peter Frankel, said that if all goes well the rapper may be released by the time Trials and Tribulations hits shelves, possibly via a work-release program or other options.