NEW YORK (AP) _ Rapper ODB, founder of the popular rap group The Wu-Tang Clan, ignored medical advice and walked out of a hospital today after being shot during a robbery in his apartment.

The rapper, whose real name is Russell Jones, walked into a hospital emergency room Tuesday afternoon after being shot once in his Brooklyn apartment. His apartment door was unlocked when the armed intruders ripped off jewelry, then fired a pistol, hitting him in the back, said Officer Gary Cillo, a police spokesman.

Though the wound was deemed superficial, hospital staff wanted to keep ODB for examination, said hospital spokesman Lars Larmon. Instead, he walked out just after midnight on Wednesday.

The Wu-Tang Clan has sold millions of records and has a successful clothing line. Its members have also enjoyed hits as spin-off acts, including ODB.

ODB made headlines in February when he crashed the stage at the Grammy Awards and hijacked a microphone from singer Shawn Colvin as she accepted an award. Apparently upset at losing the best rap album Grammy to Puff Daddy, ODB complained that he spent a lot of money for new clothes because he thought he was going to win.

The rapper later apologized.