To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s solo debut, Return to the 36th Chambers: The Dirty Version, the late Wu-Tang member’s estate collaborated with Rhino Records for a remastered re-release featuring the original album material alongside unreleased tracks and instrumentals. Amazon Music also released a 16-minute documentary to commemorate the occasion as well. When Record Store Day rolls around on April 18th, a special 3,000 copy limited edition vinyl collection will hit store shelves as well.
Speaking with hitmusic, ODB’s widow Icelene Jones and son Young Dirty Bastard discuss everything from the Return to the 36th Chambers: The Dirty Version re-release to the day-to-day life of running his estate alongside television and film portrayals.
hitmusic: As executors of ODB’s estate, can you recall putting together the 25th anniversary release from inception to completion alongside the Amazon documentary Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the Legacy of ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’?”
Icelene Jones: Amazon reached out to us and they wanted to do a documentary. We thought it was really cool because we, representing ODB as his estate administrator with my son as the face alongside Taniqua and Shaquita, knew that this time was coming. We were preparing to do something really big event wise but, due to the COVID-19, we had to figure something else out to keep his name out there. We’re pushing really hard.
hitmusic: Can you both recall the making of and eventual release roll out for Return To The 36th Chamber back in ’95 from your individual vantage point?