Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers – The Dirty Version
The coolest accessory to own on Planet Hip Hop ever to date is Return to the 36 Chambers from ODB. Now Wu Tang Clan fans can show off a fancy box set of ODB. It’s your own slice of history that is eloquent and deserves credit like a classic collector nerd type would have in their trunk of musical treasures.
“Shimmy Shimmy Ya” changed 1996 and so did Ol’ Dirty Bastard, one track at a time in this era. My favorite joint is “Brooklyn Zoo,” a song I can’t keep off repeat, even in 2012. “Damage” has a classic Wu song formula laced with Gza and a Rza beat, making you want more as usual. “Cuttin’ Headz,” a track toward the end of the album, is a perfect storm of everything you like from the usual clan suspects.
Like a good myth that never dies, you get everything a rocker’s rarity could offer and more. Complete with a dirty version sticker plus a 12-track bonus disc featuring various remixes, a cappellas, and instrumentals. Between discs one and two this whole package is a DJ’s best friend every night of the week, but the end of “Baby C’mon” will always be pure genius.
Now that downloads are killing the rap industry, you as a consumer should expect more for your buck, and this is defiantly worth it. For fans like me, who grew up getting the “W” tattooed on them long before it was a daily occurrence, it is even more so.