Riot Radio – Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya

“For any MC in any 52 States I get psycho killa Norman Bates…”

Remember 1995? When mainstream rap was still dangerous and not a toothless genre dominated by Australian women and Canadian former child stars? None were more dangerous than the Wu Tang Clan and the most unpredictable and unstable of their considerable number was the Ol’ Dirty Bastard. True, of Dirty’s solo singles he was grittier and more intimidating on Brooklyn Zoo, and his madcap genius shone brighter on material from later in his (sadly short lived) career like Got Your Money, but for me, the perfect distillation of Dirty’s talent is today’s selection, Shimmy Shimmy Ya.

And remember, all of the artists are good artists but they’re not as good as Wu Tang. Wu Tang is for the children!


Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.
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