LOS ANGELES Ol' Dirty Bastard is unlikely to go to trial
on crack-cocaine possession charges in New York as long as the rapper's
criminal court cases here continue, New York officials said Thursday
"The [Los Angeles courts] have custody of ODB right now, and that's
critical in terms of the defendant waiving being present for a hearing,"
said one law enforcement official, who asked not to be named. "In any case,
it's part of our constitutional rights to be present while we're being
tried; it's legal etiquette to allow them to proceed with those cases."
ODB's two crack-cocaine possession cases pending in New York stem from a
Brooklyn arrest in March and a Queens arrest in July. The two cases the
Wu-Tang Clan rapper faces in Los Angeles County allege he made terrorist
threats and illegally wore body armor as a convicted felon.
Queens prosecutors are "keeping an eye" on the rapper's West Coast cases,
Queens district attorney spokesperson Sherry Hunter said Thursday. On
Wednesday, his Queens case was postponed to Oct. 8, Hunter said.
ODB's Los Angeles lawyer, Robert Shapiro, said Thursday through his
assistant that ODB's terrorist-threat case at Santa Monica (Calif.)
Superior Court would be put over until Sept. 17. Deputy District
Attorney Ann Rundle could not be reached for comment.
That case stems from ODB's September 1998 arrest for allegedly threatening
to kill security guards at the House of Blues nightclub in Los Angeles.
Earlier this year, ODB denied he is guilty of the charges, saying, "I'm
not no terrorist. A terrorist is someone who hijacks an airplane or blows
up a building. Terrorist threats, that's not me. ... I know I didn't do
it, that's why I'm not worried about it. Some people you can fool, but
you can't fool God."
In August the rapper whose new album, N***a Please, features
the drug anthem "Gettin' High" voluntarily admitted himself to a
drug-rehab program in Carmel, N.Y. But it is unclear how long the rapper
stayed in the program more than two weeks ago he appeared at a
hearing for his body-armor case in Los Angeles, according to Deputy
District Attorney George Costello.
"Got Your Money" (RealAudio
excerpt) will be the first single off the new LP, which offers
a collection of raunchy rap tunes and tongue-in-cheek soul ballads. ODB
has described N***a Please as "the real hip-hop"; it is the
follow-up to his 1995 solo debut, Return to the 36 Chambers: The
Dirty Version, which featured the single "Brooklyn Zoo" (RealAudio
The complete track listing for N***a Please is: "Recognize," "I
Can't Wait," "Cold Blooded," "Got Your Money," "Rollin wit You," "Gettin'
High," "You Don't Want to F**k With Me," "N***a Please," "Dirt Dog," "I
Want P***y," "Good Morning Heartache," "All in Together Now" and "Cracker
ODB will participate in a SonicNet/Yahoo! online chat Wednesday, the day
after the release of N***a Please. Fans can join in beginning at
9 p.m. EDT at www.sonicnet.com/channels or chat.yahoo.com.