That Nigger's Crazy

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That Nigger's Crazy
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ReleasedMay 1974 (Partee/Stax)
November 10, 1975 (Reprise)
RecordedEarly 1974
Venue Soul Train nightclub (San Francisco)
Genre Stand-up comedy
Producer Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor chronology
Craps (After Hours)
That Nigger's Crazy
...Is It Something I Said?
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That Nigger's Crazy is the third album by American comedian Richard Pryor. It was recorded live at Don Cornelius' Soul Train nightclub in early 1974. The album's title was derived from a remark made by Pryor himself in Wattstax .


Initially released on Stax Records under their "Partee" imprint, the album's success was temporarily derailed by the sudden closing of Stax later in 1974. Pryor regained control of the master rights to the album and signed with Warner Bros. Records almost immediately; the album was reissued on November 10, 1975, on their Reprise subsidiary, three months after Pryor's ...Is It Something I Said? was released.

The comedy album found its way to Billboard music charts where it went #1 on its R&B/Soul Albums chart for four weeks. It won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for 1974.

The album received much praise and sold 500,000 copies, also winning a Grammy award. It was the first publicly accepted use of the word "nigger". [3]

The album cover's rainbow border mimicked Barry White's 1973 album cover for Stone Gon' .

Track listing

  1. "I Hope I'm Funny" – 3:28
  2. "Nigger with a Seizure" – 5:24
  3. "Have Your Ass Home by 11:00" – 2:30
  4. "Black & White Life Styles" – 3:43
  5. "Exorcist" – 1:53
  6. "Wino Dealing with Dracula" – 2:11
  7. "Flying Saucers" – 1:09
  8. "The Back Down" – 3:37
  9. "Black Man/White Woman" – 0:55
  10. "Niggers vs. Police" – 1:42
  11. "Wino & Junkie" – 7:06

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