Ol’ Dirty Bastard ‘Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 28th March 1995

Label: Elektra

Producers: RZA, True Master, 4th Disciple, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ethan Ryman, Big Dore

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version is the solo debut album of American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ol’ Dirty Bastard, released March 28, 1995 on Elektra Records in the United States. It was the second solo album, after Method Man’s Tical, to be released from the nine-member Wu-Tang clan, following the release of their debut album. Return to the 36 Chambers was primarily produced by RZA, with additional production from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and affiliates True Master and 4th Disciple. The album features guest appearances from Wu-Tang members GZA, RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa, as well as several Wu-Tang affiliates and Brooklyn Zu.

Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album sold 81,000 copies in its first week, and was certified Platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 26, 2019. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from most music critics, with many complimenting Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s bizarre lyrical delivery and RZA’s eerie production. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 1996 Grammy Awards.”

Additional info:

- Watch Amazon Music’s Return to 36 Chambers 25th Anniversary Mini Documentary

- The album comes in at #4 on Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1995.

- The single ‘Brooklyn Zoo’ and ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ appear at #4 and #36 Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Single of 1995.

- The track ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’. appears on our 1995 Rap Megamix.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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