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VOL № RH079 — March 2024

Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Ol' Dirty Bastard
Why you'll love it...

Wu-Tang Clan’s resident oddball Ol’ Dirty Bastard was on welfare and wasn’t afraid to let the world know. Rejecting nouveau riche posturing, unlike his mainstream rap peers, the Brooklyn native wore public assistance as a badge of honor on the front cover of his seminal 1995 debut, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. In all his wild-eyed glory, hip-hop’s ghetto superstar became the antithesis of traditionalist rappers and blankly stared into America’s judgment of welfare. Pocketing a hefty $45,000 advance from his record label, ODB represented his rugged origins with a defiance that would last throughout his entire career.

ODB’s chaotic originality made him a pantheon amongst hip-hop greats, even to those who didn’t understand at first listen. In the beginning was the Return.

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Release Type
2 LP
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
Foil Stamped
Blue & Yellow
Tip-On; Double Gatefold
Mastering Studio
AIR Mastering
Mastering Engineer
Cicely Balston
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
Lacquers Cut by Cicely Balston, AIR Mastering
Listening Notes Booklet by Jaelani Turner-Williams
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