Bicentennial Nigger

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Bicentennial Nigger
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ReleasedSeptember 10, 1976
RecordedFebruary 1976 and July 1976
Venue The Comedy Store and Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, California
Genre Stand-up comedy
Label Warner Bros.
Producer David Banks
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Bicentennial Nigger is the sixth album by the American comedian Richard Pryor. David Banks produced the album, while Warner Bros. Records released the album in September 1976. It is often considered one of his most influential recordings. [2] [3] [4] The CD version of the album was released on 20 June 1989. [5] It won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. [6]


The album was recorded in July 1976 at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, with the exception of the title track, recorded at The Comedy Store in Hollywood in February 1976, location recording by Wally Heider Recording, engineer Biff Dawes. Album cover design and art direction by Kosh.

It ends with the words "I ain't never goin' to forget".

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Hillbilly" - 2:15
  2. "Black and White Women" - 4:06
  3. "Our Gang" - 2:48
  4. "Bicentennial Prayer" - 6:42

Side two

  1. "Black Hollywood" - 5:25
  2. "Mudbone Goes to Hollywood" - 10:11
  3. "Chinese Restaurant" - 1:18
  4. "Acid" - 4:55
  5. "Bicentennial Nigger" - 2:25


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [7] Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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