There are many events in rap history that are either unknown or forgotten, from album releases to deaths to random ass events most of us can't even recall. As an attempt to remember those moments, Complex will share an event that helped shape hip-hop in some minor way. Join us as we look back on This Day in Rap History.

March 19, 2002

In 2002, after Ol' Dirty Bastard's contract ended with Elektra Records, the rapper signed to D-3 Records, while in jail for crack cocaine possession. D-3 released The Trials and Tribulations of Russell Jones, which featured material that ODB had recorded in 2000. D-3 didn't have enough material from ODB to record the album, so they used guest features and shoddy producing to fill out the rest. ODB himself said that he knew nothing about the album, which is often seen as an exploitation of the rapper. When ODB finished his jail sentence in 2003, he signed to Roc-A-Fella Records.

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