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Ol’ Dirty Bastard “Return To The 36th Chambers: The Dirty Version” Anniversary Edition

Ol Dirty Bastard made his solo debut 25 years ago with the Grammy®-nominated album, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. An instant Hip Hop classic, it peaked at #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and crossed over to reach #7 on the Billboard 200. The album quickly earned gold-certification and would introduce fans to two of ODBs biggest hits: Brooklyn Zoo and Shimmy Shimmy Ya.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the album has now been certified platinum by the RIAA and will be celebrated with two new special editions from Rhino.

The first represents one of the mostexpansive hiphop reissues in history, THE RETURN TO THE 36 CHAMBERS: THE DIRTY VERSION (25TH ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION). This digital-exclusive will be available for streaming and download on March 27, a day before the album’s original release date in 1995.

This 43-track reissue features a newly remastered version of the original album along with music from the era that has never been available digitally, including EP tracks, rare instrumentals, and promo-only releases. Among the highlights are the digital debuts of Ol Dirtys Back, “Don’t You Know, Part II, and the Brooklyn Zoo b-side, Give It To Ya Raw (SD50 Remix).

The 25TH ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION also features the debut of two previously unreleased tracks: “Brooklyn Zoo (Stripped Version)” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Stripped Version). Both songs have been stripped back to their essentials musically, which puts the focus on the lyrics and highlight how great a storyteller ODB was. “Brooklyn Zoo (Stripped Version)” is available now on digital download and streaming

A second-anniversary collection will be released on April 18 for Record Store Day. RETURN TO THE 36 CHAMBERS: THE DIRTY VERSION (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION) is a vinyl boxed set that features all 17 songs from the original album on nine 7-inch singles pressed on blue, yellow, and white vinyl. Limited to 3,000 individually numbered copies, the set will be available for $89.98.

ODB was a founding member of the influential Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Their 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is widely considered to be one of the greatest Hip Hop albums ever made.

ODB released Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version two years after Wu-Tang Clans debut. Several members from the group made special appearances on ODBs album, including RZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Masta Killa, and Ghostface Killah. RZA produced most of the album, with additional production from ODB, True Master, and 4th Disciple.

“Ol’ Dirty Bastard is a real-life legend. We at the Estate are honored and excited to celebrate ODB’s 25th anniversary of his solo career. He was such a talented musician and a larger-than-life icon who has inspired music fans across the globe,” said Nicole Beckett, Creative Director at Four Screens Management, Estate of ODB. His lasting influence has had a profound influence on both music and Hip Hop culture. We are thrilled to be working with Rhino to further his legacy.”

“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,” said Icelene Jones, Administrator of the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. “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!”

The Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard is dedicated to promoting the legacy of a Platinum Recording Artist and unique American Hip Hop icon. Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group that first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard went on to pursue a successful solo career, working with musicians such as Mariah Carey, Kelis, Pras, Mya and Wyclef Jean. His solo albums include 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and N***a Please.  For more information, visit Instagram: @oldirtybastardlegacy 



Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya
  3. “Baby C’Mon”
  4. “Brooklyn Zoo”
  5. “Hippa To Da Hoppa”
  6. “Raw Hide” (featuring Raekwon & Method Man)
  7. “Damage” (featuring GZA)
  8. “Don’t U Know” (featuring Killah Priest)
  9. “The Stomp”
  10. “Goin’ Down”
  11. “Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)”
  12. “Snakes” (featuring Killah Priest, RZA, Masta Killa & Buddha Monk)
  13. “Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Crane)” (featuring Ghostface Killah)
  14. “Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo” featuring Brooklyn Zu, Prodigal Sunn, Killah Priest, & 60 Second Assassin)
  15. “Cuttin’ Headz” (featuring RZA)
  16. “Dirty Dancin’” (featuring Method Man)
  17. “Harlem World”
  18. “Ol’ Dirty’s Back” (LP Version)*
  19. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (Extended Version)*
  20. Don’t You Know, Part II”*
  21. “Give It To Ya Raw” (SD50 Remix)*
  22. “Brooklyn Zoo” (Stripped Version)**
  23. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (Stripped Version)**
  24. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (Instrumental)*
  25. “Baby C’Mon” (Instrumental)*
  26. “Brooklyn Zoo” (Instrumental)*
  27. “Hippa To Da Hoppa” (Instrumental)*
  28. “Raw Hide” (Instrumental)*
  29. “Damage” (Instrumental)*
  30. “Don’t U Know” (Instrumental)*
  31. “The Stomp” (Instrumental)*
  32. “Goin’ Down” (Instrumental)*
  33. “Drunk Games” (Instrumental)*
  34. “Snakes” (Instrumental)*
  35. “Brooklyn Zoo II” (Tiger Crane) (Instrumental)*
  36. “Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo” (Instrumental)*
  37. “Dirty Dancin’” (Instrumental)*
  38. “Harlem World” (Instrumental)*
  39. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (Extended Instrumental)*
  40. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (Studio Ton Remix Instrumental)*
  41. “Brooklyn Zoo” (Lord Digga Remix Instrumental)*
  42. “Brooklyn Zoo” (Lord Digga Remix)*
  43. “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” (Extended Acapella)*

*previously unavailable digitally

**previously unreleased

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