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