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Hip-Hop Classic #33: Ol' Dirty Bastard - Brooklyn Zoo (Chosen by Sebastian Smith)

'Brooklyn Zoo' is the lead single from Ol' Dirty Bastard's debut album, Return to the 36 Chambers, which was released in 1995 on Elektra Records. The track was produced by True Master and ODB himself, and interpolates 'Protect Ya Neck' by Wu-Tang Clan. After the Wu-Tang Clan started releasing solo efforts, ODB was second to release an album following the legendary 'Tical' by Method Man. This single was the second highest charting single by the rapper, behind 'Got Your Money', and the album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart, selling 81,000 copies in its first week. He was never the greatest rapper in the world, but he is without doubt one the biggest characters the genre has ever seen, and this is classic Hip-Hop single in every sense of the word. R.I.P. Russell Tyrone Jones

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