Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Explicit Lyrics
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Certified gold by the RIAA. (6/95)
Return's title and various lyrics acknowledge Wu-Tang's self-built mythology, but Ol' Dirty Bastard's solo debut, like the man himself, runs on its own idiosyncratic power. Rapping forcefully and on point--mumbling, singing, allowing weird wordless sounds to escape his throat in an assertion of his right to make random noise--ODB slips from mode to mode like Marvin Gaye juxtaposing the gruff and the smooth in the same song. The production, mostly by the RZA, sets the man down in the middle of funky, shape-shifting tracks to scream for blood, shout out to the Temptations and "you other grooops!" and threaten "any MC in any 52 states." "I love that guy," ODB secret identity Russell Jones declares of his alter ego at the outset; after a listen to this disc, it's likely at least part of you will, too. --Rickey Wright
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... Method Man and Raekwon show up on "Raw Hide", and both blaze the track. Although it's not one of Rae's better verses, Method Man shows what an amazing MC he was way back before he started appearing on every single hip-hop LP ever released. GZA appears on "Damage", and even though it's probably the worst beat on the album, GZA is obviously borrowing some of Dirty's intensity to deliver what is easily the wildest, most energetic verse of his career. Ol' Dirty and RZA make an amazing team when they trade verses, and they prove it on "Cuttin' Heads". Ghostface, 60 Second Assassin, Buddah Monk, Killah Priest, and others appear as well. But, as is expected, not one of these cats comes CLOSE to stealing Ol' Dirty's spotlight.
"Return to the 36 Chambers" is like a musical mind warp. There is so much crazy audio experimentation happening here, and when you combine that with Ol' Dirty's trademark insanity, you literally feel like you've lost your mind by the time the album's finished. They may have tried to recreate this experience with the "...Please" album, but "Return to the 36" is completely unlike anything else. It won't suit everyone's taste, that's for ...sure, but it's certainly unique, and a trip that should definitely be taken at least once.
NO ONE was ready for him when this album came out. They only knew him as the guy who did a little screaming and a little rapping on "Enter the 36 Chambers." Little did they know that Russell Jones would go on to become the next Clown Prince of Hip-Hop. "Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version" is bangin', offensive, noisy and hilarious all at the same time.
Almost entirely RZA-produced, the tracks on this album are unlike any other. Melodies shift and mutate into one another, sometimes changing into totally different entities. Some beats roll along; others are choppy and distorted. Similarly, Dirty's flow goes from sing-songy to balls-out roaring in seconds.
He pays homage to soul-crooners of the past on "Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)," name-checking Gladys Knight, the Temptations and Marvin Gaye while he rants and raves and practically has an orgasm mid-song. He leads insane sing-along chants in songs like the single, "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" and the BANGIN' "Brooklyn Zoo," where he lets you know, "Shame on you/When you step through to/The Ol' Dirty Bastard/BROOKLYYYYYN ZOO!"
There are plenty of great songs here. "Baby C'mon" shifts from hardcore and grimy to a slick bass loop midway through, and "The Stomp" is just what its title suggests: a hardcore, concrete-breaking beat and some typical Ol' Dirtyisms: "Baby girl/Tell me why, tell me so/I ask you to go hiiiigh, you ask me to go low/So I go low/*SLURRRRP*/Taste the sheeeeit/*SLURRRRP*/Taste it again, I like it!" ...what do you say about lyrics like that??
Some of the best songs pair Dirty with fellow Clan members, however.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a definite for Wu fans. Nothing but pure hit bangers at It's best. This package comes with a lot of great Ol Dirty memories..Dirty,Dirty Dirty.........Published on Feb. 20 2013 by P.J.
ODB HAS ENTERTAINED US ON EVERY LEVEL, THIS CD IS TIGHT AS HELL IT HAS SOME TIGHT RZA PRODUCTION, DIRTY PUTS HIS ALL INTO THIS ONE. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by steven williams
good cd. go out and get it sometime. wont be dissapointed.Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Def Jam 4 Life
this is hardcore hip-hop and was my first rap tape i owned, i got it in 95 and know every word on it and i still listen to in in 03 odb is just so oringnal and this ablum stands... Read morePublished on July 31 2003 by j-man
In a time when comercial rap is predominant, [50 cent, Nelly, Jay Z, etc...] is good to know that there still is some classic stuff around, enter ODB aka Russel Jones, whom might... Read morePublished on July 2 2003 by David
If this CD isn't one of the top five greatest accomplishments of mankind, then I can't imagine what is. Top to bottom, front to back, it is pure auditory pleasure. Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by Justin N. Voorhees
Pros: Anybody making a remake of this album will only stumble and make a wack album. There is no way this album can be redone (not even by ODB himself). Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003
ODB is tha man. Outta tha whole Clan, ODB is tha man. Outta tha whole fam, ODB is tha man. Just get this cd... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003 by DJ Cypha