Best of '99: The Trials And Tribulations Of ODB

SonicNet Music News followed the life of Ol' Dirty Bastard as he tangled with police on both coasts.

During the holiday season, SonicNet Music News is featuring a "Best of '99" series. We are using the occasion to look back at some of the year's best stories, as chosen by our writers and editors. The "Best of '99" series features one of 16 categories each day, through Jan. 2.

In this installment, we remember the trials and tribulations of Ol' Dirty Bastard.

The Wu-Tang Clan rapper started 1999 with a bang, literally, as he spent much of January entangled in an attempted-murder case after an alleged shootout with New York police. While a grand jury cleared ODB of the charges, the rest of the year was no more peaceful for the trouble-prone rapper.

Throughout the course of 1999, he's been in and out of courtrooms, appearing

or wanted on charges of wearing a bulletproof vest, possessing crack

cocaine, making terrorist threats, operating a vehicle illegally and

stealing a $50 pair of sneakers — all while releasing one album and

beginning work on another. As 1999 draws to a close, ODB finds himself

behind bars again: He's four months into a yearlong sentence in a lockdown

drug-rehabilitation facility.

Click on the stories below to read about a year in the life of ODB, or

read the stories directly from the front page of SonicNet Music News.

Best of '99:

Ol' Dirty Bastard Not Such A Bad Guy, Really, Friends Say

No Gun Found In Alleged ODB Shootout With Cops

ODB's Mom Calls Attempted-Murder Charges 'Ludicrous'

ODB Gets Out Of Jail; Claims 'I Don't Use Guns'

Ol' Dirty Bastard Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed

ODB Claims Cops Shot At Him Without Cause

Ol' Dirty Bastard Attempted Murder Dismissal Called 'Huge Victory'

ODB Charged With Wearing Bulletproof Vest

Ol' Dirty Bastard Charged With Crack Cocaine Possession

O.J. Simpson Lawyer Joins ODB Team

Ol' Dirty Bastard Juggles Coast-To-Coast Court Cases

ODB Shows Up in Wrong Court Again

ODB Attorney Shapiro Goes On The Defense In Body-Armor Case

ODB Sentenced To One Year In Drug Rehab

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Previously in the "Best of '99" series:

Best of '99: Music That Rocked The World

Best of '99: Albums That Got Away

Best of '99: Breakin' The News

Best of '99: The Digital Music Revolution