Rap icon Ol’ Dirty Bastard was convinced before his death that FBI agents were trying to kill him. More than eight years after his death, ODB’s FBI 94-page file has become available, revealing the organization’s interest in him and the hip-hop supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan.
The impetus for an FBI probe of the rapper seems to be alleged connections to gun-running in Steubenville, Ohio. Throughout the document, Wu-Tang Clan is described as a group heavily involved with the sale of drugs, illegal weapons, murder and other violent crimes.
The file was made available on Gun.io, a site that bills itself as, “a place for hackers to hire each other for small tasks and to raise funds for their projects.” Gun.io acquired the document through the Freedom of Information Act, which allows the public access to government files associated with any deceased person. ODB died in 2004 of an accidental drug overdose.
“He’s been telling friends that somebody is trying to kill him,” said ODB’s cousin Frederick Cuffie in an 1999 interview with the Village Voice. After the killing of Tupac Shakur in ‘96, Cuffie said that ODB began going by “Osirus” and behaving oddly. “He’s been telling me that the CIA and the FBI wants to get him for some reason,” he said.
The FBI file does not mention anything about a plot to kill the rapper but does include a six-page clipping of a Newsday story about the 1999 shooting incident involving hip hop mogul Sean “P Diddy” Combs and then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.
Other revelations are ODB’s suspected connection to two New York City murders, connection to the Bloods gang and the details of his shooting in 1999.
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