Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, the debut studio album by Russel Tyrone Jones better known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB) founding member of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, released on March 28, 1995 an album that would become a hip hop classic. I guess at the time of recording as Notorious BIG would say “It was all a dream…” for ODB, who probably just wanted to create something memorable for Hip Hop fans, and did he do that, releasing a certified gold album which went on to get nominated for Best Rap Album at the 1996 Grammy Awards.
ODB – Brooklyn Zoo (Return To The 36 Chambers:Dirty Version)
The critically acclaimed album cemented ODB’s career as a solo rap artist who as Rolling Stones Magazine stated in 1995, “with his raspy, lisp-punctuated voice and half-sung, half-rapped style, Ol’ Dirty Bastard may well be the most original vocalist in hip-hop history…“. So, to celebrate the albums 25th anniversary of ODB introducing us to the ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ and ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’, now officially certified platinum, a special 43 track deluxe edition album was released along with a special documentary by Amazon music in 2020.
Watch Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the Legacy of ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ Mini-Doc
The new special edition album will include a remaster of the original album, along with unreleased tracks and instrumentals.
Icelene Jones, ODB’s widow had this to say about the new release and going platinum:
“My children and I are beyond excited to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of my late husband’s album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version,… We are even more excited and appreciative of the fans, who have never wavered in their support for ODB, and have honored his talent with a platinum album this year!”
Find out more on ODB’s legendary group Wu-Tang Clan here