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Unique: ‘Return To The 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later Exclusive Mini-Documentary

From Amazon Music Is Available Today


Featuring Never-Before-Seen Footage And Interviews With Pivotal Figures In The Rapper’s Life Including RZA, Raekwon, ODB’s Widow And Son, Among Others




43-Track Deluxe Edition Of The Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Available Tomorrow Including Newly Remastered Album, Plus Rarities And

Unreleased “Stripped” Versions of “Brooklyn Zoo” And “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”


Ol’ Dirty Bastard made his solo debut 25 years ago this Saturday on March 28, 1995 with the Grammy®-nominated album, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. An instant hip-hop classic, it peaked at #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and crossed over to reach #7 on the Billboard 200. The album quickly earned gold-certification and would introduce fans to two of ODB’s biggest hits: “Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.”


In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the album has now been certified platinum by the RIAA and is being celebrated with an exclusive new mini-documentary from Amazon Music and a digital deluxe edition from Rhino.


Today, Amazon Music released Unique: ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later, a brand-new, exclusive mini-documentary celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s landmark debut solo album. Unique is a celebration of ODB, featuring never-before-seen freestyles and footage from the iconic artist, as well as extensive interviews with pivotal figures in the rapper’s life including fellow Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Raekwon; ODB’s widow, Icelene Jones; ODB’s son, Barsun Unique Jones (aka Young Dirty Bastard); Wu-Tang Clan’s business manager, Mitchell “Divine” Diggs; hip-hop radio legend, Bobbito Garcia; and former Elektra Records A&R, Dante Ross.



Watch: Unique: ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later









The 15+ minute documentary tracks ODB’s rise from unsigned hype to a household name, exploring key moments in the rapper’s life, ranging from ODB’s discovery on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show, leading to his signing to Elektra Records, to the writing sessions that led to “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” and “Brooklyn Zoo.” The mini-doc also provides a look behind the curtain at ODB’s life before Wu-Tang Clan, exploring how he met his wife, his spiritual and intellectual awakening as a Five Percenter and his deep love of music from a young age. Fans can enjoy even more stories on the accompanying audio documentary, available exclusively to Amazon Music, by asking Alexa to ‘play Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Unique.”


Highlights from Unique: ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later include:


  • RZA on the recording of “Shimmy Shimmy Ya:” “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” which became one of the biggest songs off that album was recorded before he had a deal. It was basically done in my bedroom that in daytime it was a studio, at nighttime I would roll this mat on the floor and me and my family would sleep on the floor. So it's ironic. It was the last poverty recording.”
  • Bobbito Garcia on the radio freestyle that got ODB signed: “And [ODB] gets on the mic, the sh*t was on some real fuck*ng magic sh*t because he started singing Tommy by The Who. And I'm looking at Stretch like, ‘What the fu*k is going on?’ But he was lovable immediately. And then he starts rhyming, “I'm the one-man army Ason, I never been taken out.’ Which years later becomes his crowning verse on “Brooklyn Zoo” … Dante Ross, he was listening that night that the group was up there, freestyling. He's at a club, he's going home. He hears ODB. Tells the cab driver, ‘Chill, take me up to 114th street and Broadway.’ He comes up, he meets ODB and the rest is history.”
  • Icelene Jones, on meeting ODB: “Me and him was walking. It was a rainy night, so were walking back there and it's a puddle of water. He took his jacket off so I can step on his jacket to step over the puddle and I'm like, ‘Why did you do that for?’ Now your jacket is all wet. He just was showing me the type of person that he is and I'm like, ‘wow, nobody never... what the hell is this all about?’ He already knew what he wanted, and he wanted me to be his wife. I'm like, ‘We just met, what are you talking about?’ He's like, ‘No, you're the one. You're the one.’”
  • RZA on ODB appearing to him in his dreams: “Sometimes if you're blessed and you have love for a person, that person appears in your dreams. And when they appear in your dream, they're vibrant, they're funny, and you enjoy the dream as almost living life. And I'm fortunate to say that Dirty pops in my dream with a 40 ounce, and we still chase girls in my dreams.”


The documentary also comes as Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version finally goes platinum, almost 25 years to-the-day that album was released. In addition, this Friday, March 27, Rhino is releasing a brand-new, 43-track, 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version featuring a a newly remastered version of the original album along with music from the era that has never been available digitally, including EP tracks, rare instrumentals and promo-only releases. Among the highlights are the digital debuts of “Ol’ Dirty’s Back,” “Don’t You Know, Part II,” and the “Brooklyn Zoo” b-side, “Give It To Ya Raw” (SD50 Remix).


Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) also features the debut of two previously unreleased tracks: “Brooklyn Zoo (Stripped Version)” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Stripped Version).” Both songs have been stripped back to their essentials musically, which puts the focus on the lyrics and highlight how great a storyteller ODB was.


ODB was a founding member of the influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Their 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is widely considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made.


ODB released Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version two years after Wu-Tang Clan’s debut. Several members from the group made special appearances on ODB’s album, including RZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Masta Killa, and Ghostface Killah. RZA produced most of the album, with additional production from ODB, True Master, and 4th Disciple.


“Ol' Dirty Bastard is a real-life legend. We at the Estate are honored and excited to celebrate ODB’s 25th anniversary of his solo career. He was such a talented musician, and a larger-than-life icon who has inspired music fans across the globe,” said Nicole Beckett, Creative Director at Four Screens Management, Estate of ODB. His lasting influence has had a profound influence on both music and hip hop culture. We are thrilled to be working with Amazon and Rhino to further his legacy.”


“My children and I are beyond excited to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of my late husband’s album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version,” said Icelene Jones, Administrator of the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. “We are even more excited and appreciative of the fans, who have never wavered in their support for ODB, and have honored his talent with a platinum album this year!”


The Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard is dedicated to promoting the legacy of a Platinum Recording Artist and unique American hip hop icon. Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group that first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). After establishing the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard went on to pursue a successful solo career, working with musicians such as Mariah Carey, Kelis, Pras, Mya and Wyclef Jean. His solo albums include 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and N***a Please. For more information, visit Instagram: @oldirtybastardlegacy