Filed under: Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
For the final in my series of Tragedy Specials, I’ve got an unreleased burner and a brand new joint for ya.
A lost jewel from Khadafi‘s catalogue is a short track known as “Leviathan”, which appeared on a 25 Ta Life test-pressing that was later bootlegged on a double 12″, along with a random selection of Trag appearences, including everything from songs off The War Report to a DJ Clue freestyle with “Murder” Mase and “Killa” Cam’Ron. DJ Clark Kent is credited for the sparse production (although you can never be sure with white label shit), while Tragedy delivers a vivid discription of his own abduction at the hands of an unseen foe.
The third installment in the Thug Matrix mixtape series was recently issued by Fast Life (aka the new Landspeed), but since it’s an “official” release it’s titled as “Thug Matrix (New Version)” rather than “Volume Three”. Overall, it’s pretty dissapointing in terms of the music, and lyrically Trag seems to be stuck on auto-pilot “Thug Mode”, a noticable step backwards from the superior content found on Still Reportin’. The highlight is without a doubt the introspective “Lyrical Calesthenics”, which finds Percy going back to basics over a moody, piano-laced track. Hopefully the “real” album features more of this standard of beats and rhymes from a true QB legend.
Tragedy Khadafi - Leviathan (test pressing, 25 Ta Life, 1996)
Tragedy Khadafi - Lyrical Calesthenics (Thug Matrix, Fast Life, 2005)
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