Intelligent Hoodlum

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Intelligent Hoodlum
Studio album by
StudioMarley's House of Hits, New York
Genre Hip hop
Label A&M Records
Producer Marley Marl, The Large Professor, Joe Burgos
Intelligent Hoodlum chronology
Intelligent Hoodlum
Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum
Singles from Intelligent Hoodlum
  1. "Black and Proud"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Back to Reality"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
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RapReviews8/10 [3]

Intelligent Hoodlum is the debut studio album by the American rapper Intelligent Hoodlum, later known as Tragedy Khadafi. [4] [5] It was released on A&M Records in 1990.


It peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. [6]

Critical reception

Jon Young, in Trouser Press , wrote that "backed by hard, unadorned beats from ace producer Marley Marl, [Intelligent Hoodlum] leads a furious chant against racism in 'No Justice, No Peace' and bristles with righteous anger on 'Black and Proud.'" [7] In an article titled "The 10 Best Forgotten New York Hip-Hop Records," The Village Voice wrote: "Skeletal, smart, politically literate and seemingly effortless, Intelligent Hoodlum’s (a/k/a Tragedy Khadafi) debut is the stuff of conscious hip-hop dreams." [8]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Percy Chapman and Marlon Williams, except "Keep Striving" by Percy Chapman, Marlon Williams, and Darren Lighty.

1."Intelligent Hoodlum" Marley Marl 5:02
2."Back to Reality"Marley Marl3:41
3."Trag Invasion"Marley Marl, The Large Professor 3:33
4."No Justice, No Peace"Marley Marl4:02
5."Party Animal"Marley Marl2:52
6."Black and Proud"Marley Marl3:51
7."Game Type"Marley Marl, The Large Professor, Joe Burgos4:10
8."Microphone Check"Marley Marl4:00
9."Keep Striving"Marley Marl4:07
10."Party Pack"Marley Marl3:07
11."Arrest the President"Marley Marl4:13
12."Your Tragedy"Marley Marl2:34
2007 re-release bonus tracks
13."Live Motivator" (featuring Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane)4:33
14."In Control Radio Show Freestyle"4:52
15."Back to Life (Marley Remix)"2:17
16."Go Queensbridge"2:52
17."The Super Kids Live at Hip Hop USA"4:14


US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ( Billboard ) [6] 52

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