We’ll admit it: The Wu Tang Clan has never felt quite right since the tragic 2004 passing of Ol’ Dirty Bastard. There, at least, the timeless recordings that ODB produced–sonic reminders of the man’s wit, humor, skill and irreverence, to cherish, and now a brand new batch of Ol’ Dirty Bastard material has surfaced, thanks to his Wu-mate RZA. The track is called “Obey Me” and was recorded during sessions for the MC’s 1995 solo debut, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. has already been remixed by Fools Gold producer Shash’U.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, RZA recalled the moment at which “Obey Me” was recorded, 20 years ago. “He was fuckin’ buggin’ out on this song that night,” RZA said. “Dirty felt that anything he made was supposed to be released. I was more critical of what we released. And even though some people may listen to his first album and go, ‘Shit, this is crazy, this song fits right in.’ To me, there was a method to the madness of what we did. And with the stuff that didn’t make the album, there was a clear reason why in the narrative of what I was striving to create with his style.”
To hear the original 1995 recording, you’ll have to throw down some cash for a REX Boombot wireless speaker, but Shash’U’s remix can also be heard below. In that same interview, RZA also hinted that more never-before-heart Wu Tang morsels might be making their way to the public soon. “I’ve been going through some of the old reels and finding shit,” he said. “The Wu-Tang catalog is so big, even I don’t know what’s been released or not.” Listen to ODB do his thing on “Obey Me” below.