Ol' Dirty Bastard died in a place that he considered a sanctuary, the recording studio. And now the final fruits of his labor will be heard.
A posthumous official mixtape, Osirus, will be released on January 4. According to his spokesperson, Dirty had been working on this project for the better part of the last six months and completed his last song just one week prior to his death on November 13 (see "RZA Eulogizes At ODB's Funeral: 'He Was A Unique Soul' ").
ODB was released from prison over a year ago and immediately signed to Roc-A-Fella Records (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Now Dirt McGirt, Signs To Roc-A-Fella"). He began recording with the likes of Ludacris, the Neptunes and his own group, the Wu-Tang Clan. Those recordings are still in limbo; the Osirus LP is coming out independently through JC Records, formed by Dirt's mother, Cherry Jones, and his manager Jarred Weisfeld (JC actually stands for Jarred and Cherry).
The first single from Osirus is called "Pop Shots" and is produced by DJ Premier. Cappadonna is also said to have contributed to the project.
A spokesperson for Roc-A-Fella said the label did not have any knowledge of the Osirus mixtape, but reiterated that it was not the album he recorded for the Roc. There is no word on when that album is coming.
Unlike many mixtapes, Osirus is label-sanctioned and will be sold in stores. Dirty's mom and manager are also planning on putting out a Dirt McGirt clothing line and DVD in 2005.
In late March, Dirty will be heard on the group album by his other crew, the Brooklyn Zu. The collective consists of Dirt, Buddha Monk, Shorty Sh-- Stain, 12 O'clock, Raison and Murdoch. Details on that effort are forthcoming.