April 29, 2015

Intelligent Hoodlum - Saga Of A Hoodlum (1993)


Intelligent Hoodlum's range is insane for a rapper. His first album has some battle rapping but is primarily a cleaner conscious rap effort more in line with the late early 90s organic sound like Brand Nubian, Main Source, and especially Ed OG. After he officially changed his name to Tragedy Khadafi, the Intelligent Hoodlum went on to help out the next generation of Queens Bridge Rappers like Mobb Deep and Capone-N-Noreaga.

Intelligent Hoodlum is much more hardcore on this second album and he proves that conscious raps can be hard and dirty as hell. The beats are some of the first in the dark and grimy street response to the West coast's explosive success. Since Intelligent Hoodlum was a part of the Juice Crew, Marley Marl of course had a hand in producing this, but Real Live's K-Def proves he's great at turning jazz samples into shady illustrations of New York's streets. Tragedy significantly improved as a rapper for this second album; times were changing and he could say what he really wanted to now and he has more confidence in talking louder and adopting a quick tongued flash of words that's like a predecessor to Das EFX.

Intelligent Hoodlum is one of those huge influences that's been lost in history and this album is just as good as, if not better, than the other albums that came out in the '93 East coast resurgance (Here Come The Lords, Enta Da Stage, Bacdafucup).

Sample

Saga of a Hoodlum