Filed under: Face Off,Features,Killa Queens,Not Your Average,Steady Bootleggin',Tragedy Special,Vote Or Die
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
While Chi-Ali clearly dominated proceedings during the first round, the second heat was a far closer contest, with Shyheim, Mobb Deep and Tragedy all involved in a thrilling photo finish. Who will reign supreme in this final round?
Lyrics: ‘The Tragedy (Don’t Do It)’ and ‘Stunt of the Block’ aren’t anything too fancy on the lyrical tip, but at least they were clearly penned by a teenage Trag. Chi-Ali’s album, however, was the product of Smiley The Ghetto Child, Fashion from The Beatnuts and Dave from De La Soul putting pen to pad.
Beats: Timeless beats from Marley Marl when he was still making tracks in his sister’s lounge room vs. early Beatnuts? Both win.
Career: While the Intelligent Hoodlum has been in and out of jail, between his own work and putting on future flavors like CNN and Killa Sha he’s one of the most influential figures in Queens rap. Chi Ali, on the other hand,
gave us the classic ‘My name is Jeff’ b-sides with De La Soul and delivered the dope ‘Roadrunner’ remake once his voice broke, but then vanished from the public eye, save for his appearance on Dres’ Sureshot Redemption and an unreleased song with DJ Premier. In a tragic turn of events, in2001 he was convicted of fatally shooting his baby mom’s brother over some rare CD’s. Here’s the Wikipedia entry:
Shockingly, the next time many would see Chi Ali was on the show America’s Most Wanted in 2001 for the death of Sean Raymond, the brother of his then girlfriend. Chi evaded police for a number of weeks before his capture by a now retired detective. Reports at the time indicated that the incident stemmed from the loss of $300 and an unknown number of CDs. Chi Ali is currently serving a 14 year sentence at Elmira Correctional Facility, in Elmira, NY.
In 2006, Chi was featured in a segment of the E! Entertainment television show Child Star Confidential on the episode titled Famous Little Faces. In the show, Chi explained what triggered the confrontation with Raymond. He said that his girlfriend, from whom he was estranged at the time, called him to ask for money for their child. He said he then spoke with Raymond, who was with his sister, and asked him to give her $20. According to Chi, Raymond told him to “suck my dick.” Chi became very angry, went over to the apartment where his girlfriend and her brother were, got into an argument with Raymond, and then shot him. On the TV show, Chi said, “I was very upset that night. Thirty seconds, man, can change your whole life. And, you know, I’m paying for it.”
Chi Ali – ‘No Surrender, No Retreat’
Super Kids (aka Tragedy) – ‘Stunt of the Block’
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