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ODB Gets Two More Years; New Album In March

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) was sentenced in Los Angeles last week to two years in prison for having violated probation by escaping from a rehab clinic. Jones, who

Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) was sentenced in Los Angeles last week to two years in prison for having violated probation by escaping from a rehab clinic. Jones, who was already sentenced in July to two to four years on cocaine charges in Queens, N.Y., will not face additional time thanks to a deal he struck with prosecutors for pleading guilty to the latter offenses. The plea will allow the sentences to run concurrently.

The L.A. charge stems from Jones' failure to appear in court last fall after fleeing from a court-ordered stay at a drug rehab facility in Pasadena, Calif. After making a surprise appearance at the Wu-Tang Clan's release party for "The Wu" album last November, the rapper was arrested just days later in the parking lot of a Philadelphia fast-food restaurant.

Jones' N.Y. sentence resulted from a 1999 arrest when police found crack cocaine and marijuana on his person during a traffic violation stop. His troubles with the law are lengthy, including an acquittal on charges of attempted murder, weapons possession, and assault, arising from a January 1999 shooting.

Not surprisingly, all of Jones' legal problems didn't stop him from recording a new solo album, "The Trial and Tribulations of Russell Jones," set for a March 2 release from D3 Entertainment. A spokesperson says all the tracks have been recorded, but some are awaiting final production touches. The first single, "Dirty Stinking" featuring fellow Wu-Tang Clan principal Method Man, will be serviced to radio shortly.

The album will also feature guest shots from Big Syke, C-Murder, Too Short, and E-40. A spokesperson indicates that Master P and DJ Quick are also in discussions to appear on the record.

Jones' last album of original material, "Nigga Please" (Elektra), peaked at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 in October 1999 and has sold 690,000 units in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. A best-of set, "Dirty Story," was issued last month.