Osirus: The Official Mixtape

The world of hip-hop lost Ol' Dirty Bastard last year, but it is certain that one of the genre's most outspoken voices won't soon be forgotten. To ensure that, ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, and his mana

The world of hip-hop lost Ol' Dirty Bastard last year, but it is certain that one of the genre's most outspoken voices won't soon be forgotten. To ensure that, ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, and his manager Jarred Weisfeld have launched JC Records. The first offering is the posthumously released "Osirus." Featuring a host of top-notch producers, including Mark Ronson and Dame Grease, the album showcases not only the unique talent that ODB was but the immense potential that he still had. Lead single "Pop Shots (Wu-Tang)" epitomizes this. Produced by DJ Premier, the song features ODB at his more lucid. His flow is crisp, understandable and, most important, on point. Similarly, ODB gets funky on the '70s-influenced "Dirty Run." While there are still rumors of a release for ODB's much-talked-about Roc-a-Fella debut, "Osirus" could easily serve as a fine final chapter in the life of one of music's most enigmatic characters.—RH