Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB) was imprisoned for not respecting the terms of his probation. Meanwhile, his band Wu Tan Clan was trying to do some recording for a new album called the W. They managed to record ODB’s voice via the telephones that prisoners use to talk to visitors, and include it as part of the new album.
ODB’s voice contributed to the song “Conditioner,” which also featured Snoop Dog. Shortly before the W was released, ODB was being transported between a rehab center and court and made an escape. He used his temporary freedom to attend the record release party. He dressed in an orange jacket with a large hood that obscured his identity.
He wasn’t recognized by the party goers until he was introduced. Some police officers were outside, so ODB performed quickly and then left to avoid being seen and captured. Six days later, ODB decided to sing some autographs at a McDonalds in North Philadelphia.
The autographs caused a lot of fuss and noise, and confused and uncertain of what was happening the manager called the police. ODB initially thought the police were just more fans, but then they drew their guns. ODB was recaptured, even though he tried to flee, and taken back to prison.