Ta-Nehisi Coates
January 10, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s first posthumous release isn’t funny, and that’s a problem, because the late Wu-Tang Clansman made his career as the court jester. The production on Osirus: The Official Mixtape is stale, and its cameos bear the mark of haste (the press release says the disc was ”coincidentally” completed one week before the rapper’s death in November). But its true failure is that cuts like ”Who Can Make It Happen Like Dirt?” offer the same off-color jokes that ODB was slinging at the start of his career. Not much of an epitaph, or even a record.

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