The first installment is this official mixtape, all but completed before ODB's OD last year, and it's neither revelatory nor embarrassing (like the 2002 release cobbled together by D3 while he languished in jail). If the first single, "Pop Shots," finds Ol' Dirty strangely subdued amid DJ Premier's classic scratch-and-piano production, and if "Down South" reveals him flailing in crunk, other moments -- "Fire," with its berserk "Ooohhhh!" hook and cleverly reversed chorus beat, or the Bowie-and-DMC-biting "Run Dirty Run," which lurches ahead like Ol' Dirty taking the stage at the '98 Grammys -- offer reminders of his inspired lunacy and can't help but elicit a smile. Remember him that way; years of tampering with Pac's "legacy" have made him a virtual stranger, and it's likely that the same fate awaits the resurrected Osirus.
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