-DJ Critical Hype links with A3C Festival to create an unthinkable mashup mixtape featuring your favorite 2 Chainz vocals over classic Wu Tang Clan production titled, Wu Chainz (36 Trap Houses).

For those who are adamant that 2 Chainz is void of lyrical talent, I encourage you to check out this incredible mix of “old” and “new school” Hip-Hop. Blend Master, DJ Critical Hype, works his magic and mixes some of Wu-Tang Clan’s best instrumentals with some of 2 Chainz’s most notable and respected bars.

When making a statement aboutWu Chainz (36 Trap Houses), Wu Tang Clan’s RZA wrote that,

“It’s a bonanza to hear 2 Chainz rip a classic Wu beat… He’s one of the great lyricist from the south that proved lyricism is not regional but based on talent dedication focus and experience… Whether you’re from the Slums of Shaolin or the Wards of the South, hip-hop is our voice.”

2 Chainz, an avid fan of Wu Tang Clan, was ecstatic about the mixtape. So much so, he publicly expressed his satisfaction with the project on his Instagram page.

As you can imagine, DJ Critical Hype was excited to have been recruited by A3C Festival and has this to say about his experience:

“I thought the concept was sick and was instantly curious about how it would sound… Grinding the project out over the last few months, it became clear pretty quickly 2 Chainz’s witty southern raps sounded right at home over the incredible RZA/Wu production. I always enjoy the process of blending 2 different sounds together to create something new – so having the opportunity to do it with a legendary act like Wu-Tang and one of my favourite artists in 2 Chainz has been an amazing experience.”

For those whose love of Wu Tang Clan was just reawakened withWu Chainz (36 Trap Houses), you can check out the entire crew this weekend at the one and only A3C Festival on October 6th. Grab your tickets now at the official A3C Festival website.

— Ol’ Dirty Bastard, original member of the illustrious Wu-Tang Clan, jumpstarted his solo career with the release of “Brooklyn Zoo” in February 1995.

Exactly twenty-three years ago, the late great Ol’ Dirty Bastard released his debut single ahead of his upcoming debut solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. That single, “Brooklyn Zoo” went on to become one of ODB’s most successful singles, only second to “Got Your Money”.

As a proud and true Brooklyn native, ODB was able to infuse the voice of his borough into the track and subsequently created a Brooklyn anthem. The song, produced by ODB himself and Wu-Tang affiliate, True Master, takes the shape of a viscous verbal assault as OBD belligerently rants at an unknown challenger.

Two music videos were also made for “Brooklyn Zoo” with one gaining more worldwide exposure than the other. The more common version shows Ol’ Dirty Bastard, as well as various members of Wu-Tang Clan, lingering in a rundown project hallway while rapping the lyrics to “Brooklyn Zoo”. However, the original version, which gained limited exposure due to its mature subject matter, featured a movie with subtitles. The movie tells the story of Pimp Daddy (played by Ol’ Dirty Bastard) and a wild escapade he goes on shortly after returning from prison.

The name, “Brooklyn Zoo”, is a reference to the actual zoological park located in Brooklyn as well as a group closely affiliated with ODB known as “Brooklyn Zu”.

R.I.P ODB

Written by Simo Haier

– Back in 1999, one of the founding members of the almighty Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, released his final solo project titled, Nigga Please.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Final Official Album, ‘Nigga Please’

By ’99, Ol’ Dirty Bastard had already made a name for himself in a way that only he could. Not only did his rugged, half-sung, free associative rhyme scheme make him one of a kind, but he had also become quite the public personality. He had been saving children’s lives, triggering welfare reform, and preceding Kanye West with his classic interruption at the 1998 Grammy Awards up until that point. So, when ODB released his second solo album, Nigga Please, this distinct character had accrued a massive following that he would be aiming to please yet again.

The album opens up in dramatic fashion with “Recognize” as comedian Chris Rock, Pharrell Williams, and ODB himself tenaciously let you know that you need to recognize who Ol’ Dirty Bastard is. He then goes on to deliver gems like “I Can’t Wait”, “You Don’t Want to Fuck with Me”, and his rendition of Rick James’ “Cold Blooded”. Also featured on the album was ODB’s smash hit “Got Your Money” featuring Kelis who was making her debut appearance. The track reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a large international success.

Nigga Please was also heavily supported by masterful production from legends like The Neptunes, Irv Gotti, and of course, RZA. The all-star team of producers whipped up an incredible assortment of sounds that included samples and inspiration from Slick Rick, Rick James, Labelle, and even the theme song from American TV Drama, T.J. Hooker.

While Nigga Please wasn’t met with the same critical praise as ODB’s first solo album, Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, it still did considerably well commercially. With the added fact that ODB was able to write and record the album in between jail sentences, it becomes that much more evident of the talent that he possessed.

R.I.P. Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Written by DJ Robinson