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Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (April 4 1995)
  • Original Release Date: Jan. 1 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002HFU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Intro
2. Shimmy Shimmy Ya
3. Baby C'mon
4. Brooklyn Zoo
5. Hippa To Da Hoppa
6. Raw Hide
7. Damage
8. Don't U Know
9. The Stomp
10. Goin' Down
11. Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie)
12. Snakes
13. Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Crane)
14. Proteck Ya Neck II The Zoo
15. Cuttin' Headz
16. Dirty Dancin' (Bonus Track-CD Only)
17. Harlem World (Bonus Track-CD Only)

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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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By A Customer on July 14 2002
Format: Audio CD
... See, "Return to the 36" is a bit of a paradox. It features some of the worst MC-ing of all time, and truly sloppy production, yet somehow manages to come out sounding nice. Just like the old Kung-Fu flicks that inspired the Wu-Tang, Ol' Dirty's album is so bad that it's good. In fact, it's real good.
... 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.
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Format: Audio CD
This album is in a way a new rap style. Nobody bites ODB and nobody could sound like him if they learned every lyric off by heart. Many may hate this because in a way it is to dirty for hip hop, but why would you buy it for this style and throw it away for the same reason. I just don't understand it. How could you buy this if you knew what you were getting. Stop critisizing this hip hop if you are not a hip hop fan. So preaty much what I'm trying to tell everyone is that if you have 36 chambers and didn't like Ol Dirty then you won't like this one now. But me on the other hand couldn't stop listening to his part in da mystery of chessboxing and loving it. I said I must have an Ol Dirt album cus Ican't get enough of him. So I found his second album and didn't get it and still haven't and never will. I don't know if his first album is good or not, I havn't heard it. But when I found this I had to get it. Fans will love this. But if you are not a fan of him why would you buy it in the first place? Represent the GZA, Abbott RZA, Shakwon, Inspectah Deck, Dirty hoooeeee getin lowww wit his floooowwww, introducing the Ghost Face Killaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh, no one could get illa. Pick this up.
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Format: Audio CD
Some people are just not ready for Ol' Dirty Bastard.
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.
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By A Customer on Jan. 20 2001
Format: Audio CD
i love odb to death man and i think he has skills if he would just buckle down and ryhme like and MC instead of ryhming like and ol' dirty B#$^%RD.
anyway i think that this album is still a geat album because there are a lot of songs on here where he does ryhme like the MC that i know he can be. baby c'mon, brooklyn zoo, the stomp, hippa to da hoppa, proteck ya neck 2(featurin sunz of man and the zoo crew), damage( a great duest with GZA), snakes(with great guest appearances from killa priest and RZA) and cuttin heads(another duet with RZA) are where odb takes a more sober approach on some songs and a wild but contained approach to others. other songs like raw hide, dont you know, goin down, and dirty dancin are where he starts getting out of control and extremely explicit. lets not forget shimmy shimmy ya, which a is pretty conatined song.
the most bizzare and stupid(in my opinion)song on the album is drunk game. i didn't like this because all he did was sing and talk so i thought that i would maybe listen to this song every once in a blue moon. but what made never listen to this song again was when at about the last minute and a half of the song he starts howling like a wounded dog. ... it grossed me out!
i still think that this is great album and i recommend it to odb fans, wu fans, and hip hop fans in general.
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