Wilson Pickett “A Man & A Half” / Intelligent Hoodlum “Intelligent Hoodlum”

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Sep-25-2007

Here we are again folks.
Intelligent Hoodlum “Black And Proud” sampling Wilson Pickett “Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9“, today “Quality” is definitely the keyword.


He’s better known as Tragedy Khadafi, and i used to estimate him when i was listening at “The War Report“..nothing but a masterpiece.
Going deeper throughout the years, i found a remarkable emcee, ironic and socially committed, curiously finding he did coin the word “illmatic”, in a guest verse on Marley Marl’s ‘The Rebel’ in 1988.


Tragedy’s debut brings us the chronicles of a young QU soldier, looking out the window like Malcolm, with a pen and a note-pad, ready to blind the minds of 85ers and droppin’ science on the project youth. Tragedy speaks nothing but the truth, this MC is all about build and destroy. All his lyrics revolve around science and mathematics, a testament of his affiliation to the N.O.G.A.E.


Don’t wanna talk about Mr Pickett’s biography, going to talk about those things that made me love his music from the very first listen.
He definetely embodies the essence of soul, in the way i reckon it. he got that drift which makes soul music so passionate and can make crowd goes totally wild.
Starting with “I Found a True Love“, to “634-5789“, his most famous “Mustang Sally” it moves quickly onto “I’m A Midnight Mover” and “Everybody Needs Somebody“. “Land of 1,000 Dances” would make a dead man’s pulse tap to a positively dynamic beat.
He played for many labels, Stax and Atlantic the most famous. Though he was working for Atlantic Records, he recorded his third Atlantic single, “In The Midnight Hour (1965)”, at Stax’s recording studio in Memphis.


This is a odd saw drawn from Wikipedia:

>> The genesis of “In the Midnight Hour” was a recording session on May 12, 1965, in which producer Jerry Wexler worked out a powerful rhythm track with studio musicians Steve Cropper and Al Jackson of the Stax Records house band, which also included bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn. (Stax keyboard player Booker T. Jones, who usually played with Dunn, Cropper and Jackson as Booker T. & the MG’s, did not play on any of the Pickett studio sessions.) Wexler said to Cropper and Jackson, “Why don’t you pick up on this thing here?” He performed a dance step. Cropper later explained in an interview that Wexler told them that “this was the way the kids were dancing; they were putting the accent on two. Basically, we’d been one-beat-accenters with an afterbeat; it was like ‘boom dah,’ but here this was a thing that went ‘um-chaw,’ just the reverse as far as the accent goes.”[citation needed] The song that resulted from this encounter established Pickett as a star, and also gave Atlantic Records a bona fide hit. <<

Message for Martini & Jopparelli, do you remember Steve “The Colonel” Cropper on Porretta Stage? He was like possessed.
A soul collection without some Pickett’s tracks is like Martini (i mean the booze ;) ) without olive.

Check this live, that’s crazy


Listen to “A Man & A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett
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  1. Antonio says:

    Tragedy is one of the best ever.

    Peep Tragedy: the story of Queensbridge, a movie that came out last year for the whole story.

    Incidentally, Tragedy (Percy Chapman) shares the same first name with another Percy that should have been much more famous, Percy Carey aka MF Grimm.

  2. Ozzino says:

    Antonio, you got that movie?
    don’t miss Wilson Pickett, according to my taste he’s got one of the most enthralling soul voice i have ever heard

  3. Antonio says:

    Yes, I have a promo copy sent by the director.
    It’s a great documentary and a tribute to the legacy of QB.

    Let’s try this Pickett guy, then… (just joking)

  4. ilmago says:

    That’s what I call a great post, big up Ozzino.

    Never understood Tragedy’s change from ‘wise and conscious’ to ‘gangsta and I don’t give a fuck’, anyway sure a good artist.

  5. mp45 says:

    it’s thug paradise!!!!that was the tune back in those days…and the large pro remix of the funk mode with havoc…

  6. Marty says:

    I think he moved from “wise and conscious” to “gangsta and i don’t give a fuck” cose he has to feed his seed :)

  7. Antonio says:

    To be precise, he did not move from “wise and conscious” to “gangsta and i don’t give a fuck”.
    He just adopted a tougher stance, but that’s because he IS gangsta. Gangsta and conscious.
    If you see the movie, others rapped about it, he LIVED it.
    Locked in Ryker’s at the age of 13, he had to defend himself… Tough life. he saved his own life stabbing a guy with a pencil!

  8. mp45 says:

    i remember the “street life ” video on yo mtv raps…with the minnie ripperton”Inside My Love” sample…that was wicked…i think it was around 93 or something…not sure if he sampled that before tribe did on “lyrics to go”…and the freestyle competition with redman and krs on a funkmasterflex show, where flex spins ultimate breaks and beat to death…anybody remember that tape?

  9. joppa says:

    “When i die leave a bottle of Dom by the grave side”…”Lay me in the earth with the Armani sweater”

    that’s not exactly what i call conscious lyrics!

  10. Antonio says:

    C’mon Joppa…
    “Fuel injected brand new inspected
    Emissions got tested details perfected
    Got the Armor All touch, empty out the dutch
    No tobacco spillin on my rug clutch
    Kick off your shoes show off your peticure
    Shake off the blues we all forgettin more” – Q-Tip

    “And being who I am watch the Phifey hesitate
    On dissing her ass, yo Jay, look at her face
    Her motherfuckin’ voice got way too much bass
    Now back your ass up off me and give me my space
    You know your fuckin’ breath smell like chemical waste” – Phife

    “As I, whooped his ass up, six niggaz masked up
    Pulled up in a Cadillac truck {*gunfire*}” – Common

    It’s easy to find ignorant lyrics in the catalogue of good lyricists.
    And Tragedy has a lot of them.
    But there’s a lot more than that…

  11. joppa says:

    We all know that the LATE Tribe turned wack, you’re right, those lyrics are really horrible.

    Anyway, “Thug Paradise” remains one of my favourite songs, but no doubt that Tragedy in the CNN period was not a conscious rapper no more. A very good rapper but not a conscious one.

  12. Antonio says:

    OK, if conscious means “Tribe-like” then you are right.
    But, please remember that Tragedy has always been the Intelligent Hoodlum.
    Intelligent, of course, but hoodlum. SO I don’t see any contradiction in talking 5% theories, conspiracy and ignorant shit. As long as it is done intelligently…
    As for ATCQ, I think they did not turn wack. They lost their edge, but they are still better than average.

  13. ilmago says:

    There’s a difference between stabbing a guy with a pencil to save your own life, and claiming to be a drug kingpin, celebrating crack business.
    I am down with Marty’s theory…

    and in no way I want to disrespect him, or judge him while I grew up in Bergamo, not exactly Queen’s housing…

  14. Antonio says:

    You would be right if Tragedy was celebrating that lifestyle.
    Instead, as he says, he is only a “reporter” (one of his albums is called Still Reporting).
    Maybe you are talking about Noreaga…

  15. joppa says:

    What a combination, he started “reporting” criminal life exactly in the moment when gangsta lyrics were on top of selling charts…

    And before this, he was “conscious” right in the period when conscious rap was the thing…

    I think he is dope, but he’s not the type of rapper that sets a new trend. He follows the current trend…

  16. Antonio says:

    I don’t know, in 1993 (when G-funk was the shit, soon after The Chronic and Doggystyle) Tragedy was still The Intelligent Hoodlum, releasing Saga Of A Hoodlum.
    In 1997, instead, when everyone was going pop (see Life After Death, and the subsequent shiny suit era), he went street, masterminding the QB masterpiece The War Report.
    To me, this is not exactly following trends, but setting them.
    And what about inventing all the Arabic slang for QB?
    And being one of the few rappers that answered back to Dogg Pound’s New York, New York when everyone, including “King” Jay-Z, was quiet as a mouse?
    Clearly, I have a different opinion…


  17. ilmago says:

    Antonio are you serious?
    In 1993 in New York the hot trend was the Native Tongue shit, with De La and Tribe at their best, and not for sure the G-Funk. In the next years (1994 and 1995) Nas and Mobb Deep released their classics, and after them CNN with Tragedy came out biting their style.
    And if ‘Life after death’ is pop, i think we can end here the discussion…

    Oh and how intelligent was the idea of spreading the East Coast/ West Coast beef ? That was the worst thing happened to hip hop.
    Maybe generated more by the media hype than by the artists theirself, but a bad thing unmistakebly.
    And who really demonstrated to be brave by being involved in it, died on march 9th….

    Talking about those years, the most funny thing I ever saw was someone in Italy getting mad about the beef, playa-hating on one coast or the other.

  18. mp45 says:

    best answer to dogg pound”new york new york”: royal flush “worldwide”!!!!
    i remember being at lyricist lounge at s.o.b in new york(when lord jamar presented dead prez and everybody burnt a 1 $)and royal flush performed his song: he tear the roof down!!

  19. joppa says:

    Some “Life after death” instrumentals have pop influences, as most Hitmen/Bad Boy productions.

    But the lyrics are street (and deliberately NOT conscious), and in this thread we are talking about lyrics content.

    So i don’t think that album is out of the “gangsta” clichè. It’s not very far from the Queensbridge lyrics content of that period.

  20. ilmago says:

    Damn, I wish I would have been there with you MP, really!
    I would have burned my personal 1000 lire no doubt. That song ‘worldwide’ was crazy, but sincerely also ‘LA LA’ (beef or not) is one of my all time favourite. ‘Indian style, knees bands, hands toghether…’ Damn!