Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
|Return to the 36 Chambers:|
The Dirty Version
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 28, 1995|
|Genre||Hardcore hip hop|
|Ol' Dirty Bastard chronology|
|Singles from Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version|
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 gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 21, 1995. 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 a Grammy award at the 1996 Grammy's for Best Rap Album.
This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (August 2016)
|Christgau's Consumer Guide||A−|
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Select gave the album a negative review of two out of five. The review found the album inferior to Method Man's album Tical, stating that "From the extremely long and unfunny – intro skit, it's obvious ideas are spread wafer thin across the 15 tracks."
In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.
Rolling Stone (4/20/95, p. 78) – 4 Stars – "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."
Entertainment Weekly (3/31/95, p. 61) – "This solo effort by a second member of the near-platinum Wu-Tang Clan showcases the raw, innovative talent of their illest member ... The RZA's signature dissonant piano loops [sparkle] behind Dirty's delirious, reverberating delivery." – Rating: A-
Vibe (5/95, p. 97) – "Ol' Dirty's catchy sing-along ... is paired with subtle keyboards and the Rza's typically murky beats, yielding a mystic's brew, which, like all Wu-related fare, defiantly flies in the face of conventions ... the aural pleasures are ... convincing."
The Source (5/95, p. 65) – 4 Stars – "The third shot fired in the Wu-Tang revolution spotlights the crazy drunken flow of the Ol' Dirty Bastard ... a must-have for every real hardcore head ... hardcore lyrics kicked live over a non-stop assault of that addictive Shao-lin funk."
Melody Maker (4/22/95, p. 35) – "... an hour of cruel hard and frighteningly funny hip hop; the perfect companion piece to Wu-Tang's 36 Chambers ... the songs are driven by a vicious, unstable urgency."
Village Voice (2/20/96) – Ranked #39 in Village Voice's 1995 Jazz & Pop Critics' Poll.
|2.||"Shimmy Shimmy Ya"||RZA||2:41|
|4.||"Brooklyn Zoo"||True Master, Ol' Dirty Bastard||3:37|
|5.||"Hippa to da Hoppa"||RZA||3:01|
|6.||"Raw Hide" (featuring Raekwon & Method Man)||RZA||4:02|
|7.||"Damage" (featuring GZA)||RZA, 4th Disciple||2:47|
|8.||"Don't U Know" (featuring Killah Priest)||RZA||4:26|
|9.||"The Stomp"||Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA||2:22|
|11.||"Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)"||Ethan Ryman, Ol' Dirty Bastard||4:20|
|12.||"Snakes" (featuring Killah Priest, RZA, Masta Killa & Buddha Monk)||RZA||5:26|
|13.||"Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Crane)" (featuring Ghostface Killah)||RZA||7:20|
|14.||"Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo" (featuring Brooklyn Zu, Prodigal Sunn, Killah Priest, & 60 Second Assassin)||RZA||4:00|
|15.||"Cuttin' Headz" (featuring RZA)||RZA||2:28|
|Bonus tracks (CD only)|
|16.||"Dirty Dancin'" (featuring Method Man)||RZA||2:42|
|17.||"Harlem World"||Big Dore||6:15|
- Ol' Dirty Bastard – assistant engineer, mixing, producer, vocals
- RZA – producer, mixing, vocals
- Ghostface Killah, GZA, Masta Killa, Method Man, Raekwon, Killah Priest, Sunz Of Man, Brooklyn Zu – vocals
- Buddha Monk – vocals, mixing
- Big Dore – producer vocals
- Big Dore – producer
- True Master – producer
- Ethan Ryman – producer, engineer
- John Wydrycs, Tim Latham – engineer, mixing
- Jimmie Lee, Jack Hersca – engineer, assistant engineer
- Deden Sumandani – mixing
- Martin Czembor – assistant engineer, mixing
- David Sealy, Jay Nicholas – assistant engineer
- Alli – art direction
- Danny Clinch – photography
Charts and certifications
|1995||Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||2|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- The information regarding accolades is adapted from acclaimedmusic.net
- (*) signifies unordered lists
|Blender||United States||500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die||2003||*|
|Ego Trip||Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year 1980–98||1999||4|
|Hip Hop Connection||United Kingdom||The 100 Greatest Rap Albums 1995–2005||2005||32|
|Les Inrockuptibles||France||Albums of the Year||1995||*|
|Muzik||United Kingdom||Albums of the Year||1995||15|
|Ned Raggett||United States||The Top 136 Albums of the Nineties||1999||87|
|Pop||Sweden||Albums of the Year||1995||14|
|The Source||United States||The 100 Best Rap Albums of All Time||1998||*|
|Spex||Germany||The 100 Albums of the Century||1999||67|
|Albums of the Year||1995||1|
|The Village Voice||United States||Albums of the Year||1995||39|
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