Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
Return to the 36 Chambers
Studio album by Ol' Dirty Bastard


28 March 1995


1993-1994 at Fire House Studio, 36 Chambers Studio, Battery Studio and Chung King Studios


Hip hop, hardcore hip hop






4th Disciple, Dennis Coles (exec.), Mitchell Diggs (exec.), Oli Grant (exec.), Ol' Dirty Bastard, Dante Ross (exec.), Ethan Ryman, RZA, True Master

Ol' Dirty Bastard chronology


Nigga Please (1999)

Wu-Tang Clan solo chronology


Tical by Method Man (1994)


Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... by Raekwon (1995)

Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version is the debut album by American rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, released in 1995 on Elektra Records. It was the second solo album to be released by the Wu-Tang Clan, following the release of their 1993 debutReturn to the 36 Chambers was primarily produed by RZA, with additional production by Ol' Dirty Bastard, True Master and 4th Disciple. The album features guest appearances from Wu-Tang members GZA, RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa, as well as Brooklyn Zu and several other Wu-Tang affiliates.

Return to the 36 Chambers peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200, and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album sold 81,000 copies in its first week, and was certified Gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from music critics, with many complimenting Ol' Dirty Bastard's bizarre lyrical delivery and RZA's eerie production. The album was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 1996 Grammys.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - - - 4:47
2. "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" Ol' Dirty Bastard Diggs, Jones RZA 2:41
3. "Baby C'mon" Ol' Dirty Bastard Diggs, Jones RZA 3:32
4. "Brooklyn Zoo" Ol' Dirty Bastard Harris, Jones Ol' Dirty Bastard, True Master 3:40
5. "Hippa to da Hoppa" Ol' Dirty Bastard Diggs, Jones RZA 3:14
6. "Raw Hide" Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon Diggs, Grice, Jones RZA 4:04
7. "Damage" Ol' Dirty Bastard Diggs, Jones RZA, 4th Disciple (co.) 3:00
8. "Don't U Know" Ol' Dirty Bastard Diggs, Jones RZA 4:41
9. "The Stomp" Ol' Dirty Bastard Jones Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA (co.) 2:29
10. "Goin' Down" Ol' Dirty Bastard Diggs, Jones RZA 4:23
11. "Drunk Game (Sweet Sugar Pie) Ol' Dirty Bastard Jones Ethan Ryman, Ol' Dirty Bastard 4:16
12. "Snakes" Ol' Dirty Bastard, Killah Priest, RZA, Masta Killa, Buddha Monk Diggs, Jones RZA 5:26
13. "Brooklyn Zoo II (Tiger Crane)" Ol' Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah Diggs, Jones, Starks RZA 7:20
14. "Proteck Ya Neck II the Zoo" Ol' Dirty Bastard, Buddha Monk, Prodigal Sunn, Zu Keeper, Murdoc, Killah Priest, 12 O'Clock, Shorty Shit Stain, 60 Second Assassin Chambers, Cuffie, Diggs, Jones, Reed, Sims, Turner RZA 4:00
15. "Cuttin' Headz" Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA Diggs, Jones RZA 2:32
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