78. Ol' Dirty Bastard f/ RZA "Cuttin' Headz" (1995)
Album: Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
The low-budget feel of "Cuttin' Headz" is about 85 percent of its appeal. One can easily imagine ODB and RZA sitting in a basement making demos pre-Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and the tracks coming out just like this scrappy little two-and-a-half-minute number. The production resembles the Abbot's early signature sound, and it's a fascinating peek into a well-rehearsed routine between the beatmaker and Ason, "comin' straight from the dirt." The duo fluidly exchange rhyme time like it's second nature. There's also a revelation from RZA that "I never liked the name I received for my proper." This is just raw basic Wu. In other words, great hip-hop. Protect ya neck, kid, 'cause Ason and the Abbot are cuttin' headz.