Ol' Dirty Bastard Has a Cryptocurrency Because Capitalism Never Rests

The late Wu Tang Clan member's estate joins the bitcoin industry with "Dirty Coin."

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Mar 6 2018, 4:35pm

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Cryptocurrency just got a lot dirtier. Ol' Dirty Bastard's estate is joining the industry with "Dirty Coin," an ODB-themed currency. The blockchain currency will be used to provide fans with Ol' Dirty Bastard merchandise and music catalog, along with funding his son Young Dirty Bastard's debut album.

In a 2013 interview with Noisey, Young Dirty Bastard admits his father didn't believe he could actually rap. With Dirty Coin as a promotional vehicle for his album, we have to wonder what it'll sound like. He's managed to emulate his father's likeness and sound, though he's not as good. Trying to recreate the aura his father radiated in Return to the 36 Chambers or any of his work with Wu Tang sounds like the debut album no one was asking for.

"Bitcoin is the future of money and all the fans want a part of the future with Ol' Dirty Bastard," Young Dirty Bastard said in a press release. "In the past, dad's music was ahead of its time, so it makes sense that he would be ahead of the technology of money now."

ODB isn't the first Wu Tang member to journey into the cryptocurrency. Last year, Ghostface announced his cryptocurrency firm, Cream Capital, an ode to Wu Tang’s 1993 hit. Makes perfect sense for a guy who’s group made a song saying, “Cash rules everything around me, CREAM, get the money/Dolla’ dolla’ bill, y’all.” Except here, C.R.E.A.M means “Crypto Rules Everything Around Me.”

I'll just be honest here. I still don't really know what bitcoin is. I have a hard enough time remembering to cash out on Cash App, so the concept of money that you can't see is a little too futuristic for my liking.

Dirty Coin is a partnership with Link Media set to be exchanged on AltMarket through the TAO Network this summer, with an anticipated fall release from Young Dirty Bastard.

Kristin Corry is a staff writer for Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.