Tragedy Khadafi

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Tragedy Khadafi
Birth namePercy Chapman
Also known asMC Jade
Percy Chapman
MC Percy
Percy Tragedy
Intelligent Hoodlum
The Foul Mahdi
Born (1971-08-13) August 13, 1971 (age 47)
OriginQueensbridge, Queens, New York City, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1985–present
LabelsCold Chillin' RecordsTuff Break/A&M/PolyGram
Gee Street/V2/BMG Records
25 To Life Entertainment
Penalty Recordings Money Maker Entertainment
Dolo Records (distributor, 1997)
Solid Records
DistroLord Digital (distributor)
Associated actsJuice Crew, Marley Marl, Capone-N-Noreaga, N.O.R.E., Killa Sha, Large Professor, Havoc, Mobb Deep, Littles, Imam Thug, Cormega, Headrush Napoleon, Black Market Militia, Jedi Mind Tricks, Trez, Vinnie Paz, Blak Madeen, Ras Ceylon

Percy Chapman (born August 13, 1971, in Queens, New York, United States), known by his stage name Tragedy Khadafi, and formerly known as Intelligent Hoodlum, is an American rapper and producer who hails from the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Queens, New York,[1] who helped spawn other hip hop artists such as Cormega, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga, Nas and many others both through production and influence. His name is a reference to the former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.


Tragedy began his career as one half of the duo Super Kids, along with Queensbridge producer DJ Hot Day. This output caught the attention of Marley Marl, who in 1986 produced the duo's single "The Tragedy (Don't Do It)", and "Stunt Of The Block".[2][3] Chapman was then made a junior member of the Juice Crew[1][4] alongside artists such as Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, and MC Shan. In 1987, he appeared as MC Percy on the B side of the 12" "Juice Crew All Stars"[5] and on the last Super Kids single, "Hot Day Master Mix" appearing on tracks "Hip Hop Kids Live At U.S.A" and "Go Queensbridge".[6] After a conviction that year (he was only 16 years old) for robbery charges followed by serving time in the Elmira Correctional Facility.[7] In 1988, he appeared alongside fellow Juice Crew members on the Marley Marl compilation album "In Control Vol.1" on the solo tracks "The Rebel" and "Live Motivator".[8] Whilst in prison Chapman became a Five Percenter and began working under the alias "Intelligent Hoodlum" [4] and release the self titled album "Intelligent Hoodlum" on A&M Records. The album was produced by Marley Marl (with co-production by Large Professor) and contained the singles "Back To Reality", "Black And Proud" and "Arrest The President".[9][10]

Chapman continued to record throughout the remainder of the 1990s releasing a follow-up Intelligent Hoodlum album titled "Tragedy - Saga Of A Hoodlum" for A&M Records in 1993.[11] The album spawned two singles "Street Life/Mad Brothers Know his Name" and "Grand Groove/Get Large".[10] One of his last recordings as Intelligent Hoodlum was the title cut for the motion picture soundtrack of Posse, a Hollywood Western that told the story of an African-American gunslinger posse. This song marked the end of Chapman's overt focus on Conscious hip hop, Black history and political commentary in his verses. Working with Capone, Noreaga and Mobb Deep, recording "L.A L.A" a response to Tha Dogg Pound's "New York, New York", Intelligent Hoodlum then began working under the name Tragedy Khadafi in 1997.[4] He also worked on Capone-N-Noreaga's debut album, The War Report, on which he actually appears more on the album than Capone. When the latter returned to prison, Noreaga severed ties with Tragedy. In 1998, Tragedy formed the group Iron Sheiks along with his lifelong friend, Michael Butler a.k.a. Imam T.H.U.G., who was also from Queensbridge, releasing an EP, which contained the underground classic "True Confessions".

Khadafi's third album, Against All Odds, was scheduled for release in 1999, but conflict with his label stalled the release, finally being released in 2001, which was also the first appearance of emcee HeadRush Napoleon, who continued to work with Tragedy on future recordings. On the album, Tragedy dissed Noreaga and accused him of stealing his rhyming style on tracks like "Crime Nationalist" or "Blood Type".[4] Noreaga kept the animosity going with his track "Halfway Thugs Pt. II."[4] This was followed by Still Reportin'... in 2003. In 2005, he released Thug Matrix independently and also released an album as a member of the group Black Market Militia. Khadafi's latest releases, Blood Ballads and Thug Matrix 2, were both released in 2006.

He also starred in a documentary known as Tragedy: The Story of Queensbridge about his life and his struggles, growing up, his being a junior member of the Juice Crew, the numerous times he was incarcerated, and the toll a hard life has on a poor African-American child growing up without a father and with a mother addicted to heroin.[12]

On December 27, 2007, Tragedy was convicted of selling narcotics and sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison.[13] Although originally scheduled to be released on January 21, 2011,[14] Tragedy was granted early parole, and released on June 23, 2010.[15]


Studio albums[edit]

Album Information
Intelligent Hoodlum
Tragedy: Saga of a Hoodlum
Against All Odds
Still Reportin'...
  • Released: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Solid Records
Thug Matrix
  • Released: October 4, 2005
  • Label: FastLife Records
The Death of Tragedy
  • Released: June 19, 2007
  • Label: Traffic Entertainment/25 To Life Entertainment
Thug Matrix 3
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: 25 To Life Aura/Money Maker Entertainment
Pre Magnum Opus[16]
  • Released: December 16, 2014
  • Label: 25 To Life Aura
The AuraPort
  • Released: November 11, 2016
  • Label: Not On Label

Compilation albums[edit]

  • February 12, 2008: Q.U. Soldier
  • April 17, 2006: Blood Ballads
  • May 9, 2006: Thug Matrix 2
  • 2008: Thug Matrix 41-18
  • 2011: Hood Father

Collaboration albums[edit]

Vocal appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "Tragedy Khadafi Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ Super Kids – The Tragedy (Don't Do It) Discogs
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  4. ^ a b c d e Shapiro, Peter (2005) The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p.181
  5. ^ Juice Crew All Stars – Evolution / Juice Crew All Stars Discogs
  6. ^ Hot Day with Super Kids – Hot Day Master Mix Discogs
  7. ^ Q&A: Tragedy Khadafi On Growing Up In Queensbridge, How Jail Has Changed, And Reaching The Kids In The Projects Village Voice, 7 October 2011
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  12. ^ Jane, Miranda. "REVIEW-REFLECT: Tragedy: The Story of Queensbridge Archived 2008-12-04 at the Wayback Machine." Blogcritics Magazine
  13. ^ Miss Info. "Tragedy Khadafi, hold you head", BLOG
  14. ^ "Tragedy Khadafi: Gone Til November (2011)",
  15. ^ "Tragedy Khadafi released from prison, working with Capone-N-Noreaga",
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