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Brooklyn Zoo

"Brooklyn Zoo"
Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
Released February 3, 1995
Format Cassette, CD, EP
Recorded 1994
Genre East Coast hip hop, Hardcore hip hop
Length 3:40
Label Elektra
Writer(s) R. Jones
Producer True Master, Ol' Dirty Bastard
Ol' Dirty Bastard singles chronology

Brooklyn Zoo
(1995)
Shimmy Shimmy Ya
(1995)

"Brooklyn Zoo" is the debut single of the American Hip-hop artist, Ol' Dirty Bastard from the album, Return to the 36 Chambers. After the Wu-Tang Clan started releasing solo efforts, Ol' Dirty Bastard was second behind Method Man to release a solo album with Return to the 36 Chambers. This is Ol' Dirty Bastard's 2nd highest charting single, behind Got Your Money.

Song information

The song composes of an intro, a long verse, and then a chorus at the end. There is a repetitive line about half-way through the song. The line is "By a nigga who couldn't figure". It repeats 3 times and follows the line "Without a doubt I've never been tooken out" and is followed by the line "How to pull a fuckin' gun trigger". Brooklyn Zoo is known for its repetitive chorus at the end of the song. The chorus is "Shame on you when you step through to the Ol' Dirty Bastard, Brooklyn Zoo!". At first it is sung at Jones' normal voice, then gets louder until it is screamed. This line is actually an interpolation of another Ol' Dirty Bastard line from the song Protect Ya Neck by the Wu-Tang Clan from the album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), in which Ol' Dirty Bastard says "Shame on you, when you step through to the Ol' Dirty Bastard, straight from the Brooklyn Zoo".

Background

Part of the first verse had been used in freestyles previously.

In the bonus DVD of Message to the Other Side, Buddha Monk claims that Russell Jones and the members of Brooklyn Zu were having an aggressive argument for unknown reasons. He then goes on to say, during the argument, Jones walks into the sound booth and starts recording a track. Jones uses the energy and anger from the argument and created lyrics. Buddha also claimed Jones used some words and sentences used in the argument to create the track. When completed, the track was named "Brooklyn Zoo".

Charts

Charts Peak
Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales 5[1]
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Track 40[1]
Hot Rap Singles 5[1]
The Billboard Hot 100 54[1]

Track listing

12"/CD single

  1. "Brooklyn Zoo (LP Version)" (3:51)
  2. "Brooklyn Zoo (Lord Digga Remix)" (4:06)
  3. "Give It To Ya Raw (LP Version)" (4:03)
  4. "Give It To Ya Raw (SD50 Remix)" (4:03)

Promotional CD single

  1. "Brooklyn Zoo (Clean LP Version)" (3:49)
  2. "Brooklyn Zoo (Clean Lord Digga Remix)" (3:52)

Music video

Two different videos were made for the song:

The first version features a movie with subtitles. Pimp Daddy (played by Ol' Dirty Bastard) comes back from prison and returns to Rikers Island with his lady, only to get a rude calling when one of his friends gets involved with a deal. It then cuts back to Chinatown where a local Asian-American attempts to sell fireworks near the Brooklyn Bronx. He gets involved with a gang leader and pays for it by getting incinerated in the back of his car and blown by his own fireworks. Then Pimp Daddy with his lady go to an abandoned arcade only to be set up, and both him and his lady getting shot. This version was aired in some markets, but for the most part was rejected by various cable networks at the time due to its subject matter.[2]

The second version has Ol' Dirty Bastard loitering in the hallways of a dank apartment building, lip-synching to the song while surrounded by various members of the Wu-Tang Clan, including The RZA, Raekwon, and Method Man. In one scene, Ol' Dirty Bastard picks his nose and wipes his finger on the wall. It is this version of the video that received the most airplay.[3]

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