Posthumous ODB release is due in January. ''Osirus'' will feature 15 of the late rapper's final tracks

By Gary Susman
Updated December 08, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Less than two months after he died in a Manhattan recording studio, the final tracks recorded by Ol’ Dirty Bastard will be released on record, MTV News reports. ODB manager Jarred Weisfeld and Cherry Jones, the mother of the late rapper (real name: Russell Jones) are starting their own label, JC Records (named for their first initials) to release Osirus on Jan. 4. The title is one of ODB’s many aliases; in Egyptian mythology, Osirus was god of the dead, but also of agriculture and fertility.

Osirus, which will contain 15 tracks, is more of an official mixtape than a full-fledged album. It consists of music the rapper recorded during the last six months of his life and not the tracks he had recorded over the previous year with such collaborators as Ludacris, the Neptunes, and some of his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates for what would have been his first release on Roc-A-Fella Records, which signed him in 2003. A Roc-A-Fella spokesperson told MTV News that the label was unaware of Osirus, and that there was no date set for the release of Dirty’s Roc-A-Fella recordings.