Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum

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Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 1993
Genre Hip hop
Label Tuff Break/A&M/PolyGram Records
215 389
Producer K-Def
Marley Marl
Kool Tee
Epitome of Scratch
Mr. Freaknasti
Intelligent Hoodlum chronology
Intelligent Hoodlum
Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum
Against All Odds
Singles from Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum
  1. "The Posse (Shoot 'Em Up)"
    Released: March 23, 1993
  2. "Grand Groove"
    Released: July 20, 1993
  3. "Street Life"
    Released: February 1, 1994
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Saga of a Hoodlum is the second album by the hip-hop artist Tragedy Khadafi, and then known as by the stage name Intelligent Hoodlum.

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Track listing

1"Shalom a Leck"P. Chapman, K-Def K-Def Tragedy
2"Hoodlum Intro"*Interlude*
3"Underground"P. Chapman, K-DefK-DefTragedy, Trag-Lo
4"Funk Mode"P. Chapman, K-DefK-DefTragedy
5"Grand Groove"P. Chapman, K-DefK-DefTragedy
6"At Large"P. Chapman, K-Def, M. WilliamsK-Def, Marley Marl Tragedy
7"Death Row"P. Chapman, K-Def, M. WilliamsK-Def, Marley MarlTragedy
8"Speech [Check The Time]"Kool Tee*Interlude*
9"Mad Brothas Know His Name"P. Chapman, K-Def, M. WilliamsK-Def, Marley MarlTragedy
10"Pass the Teck"P. Chapman, K-DefK-DefTragedy, Havoc
11"Street Life"P. Chapman, Epitome Of ScratchEpitome of ScratchTragedy
12"Pump the Funk"P. Chapman, M. WilliamsMarley MarlTragedy
13"Role Model"P. Chapman, Kool TeeKool TeeTragedy
14"The Posse [Shoot ’Em Up]"P. Chapman, Mr. FreaknastiMr. FreaknastiTragedy, Big Scram
15"Grand Groove [Bonus Mix]"P. Chapman, K-DefK-DefTragedy
16"Funky Roll Outro"*Interlude*


Shalom a Leck

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Grand Groove

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At Large

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Pass the Teck

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Grand Groove (Bonus Mix)

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Chart positions

Chart (2003)Peak
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums57
Top Heatseekers25

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