The Fabulous Chi-Ali
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Studio album by Chi-Ali


March 24, 1992


July 1990 - May 1991


Calliope Studios
(New York City)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop




Relativity Records


The Beatnuts, Chris Lighty (exec.), Mista Lawnge

The Fabulous Chi-Ali is the debut studio album by American rapper and Native Tongues member Chi-Ali. It was released in March 24, 1992 under Relativity Records. Recording sessions took place from July 1990 to May 1991 at Calliope Studios in New York City. Production was handled by The Beatnuts, except for one song produced by Mista Lawnge of Black Sheep. It features guest appearances from Trugoy (of De La Soul), Dres (of Black Sheep), Phife Dawg (of A Tribe Called Quest) and Fashion (of The Beatnuts).

The album peaked at #189 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Heatseekers Albums in the United States. It spawned three singles: "Age Ain't Nothin' But a #", "Roadrunner", "Let the Horns Blow" and "Funky Lemonade", which made it to #6, #9 and #19 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

  1. "Intro" - 0:24
  2. "Maniac Psycho" - 3:15
  3. "Step Up" - 3:06
  4. "Funky Lemonade" - 3:38
  5. "In My Room" - 3:14
  6. "Age Ain't Nothin' But a #" - 4:27
  7. "Shorty Said Nah" - 5:04
  8. "Let the Horns Blow" (feat. Dres, Trugoy, Fashion and Phife Dawg) - 5:29
  9. "Roadrunner" (feat. Trugoy) - 3:54
  10. "The Fabulous Chi" - 2:43
  11. "Looped It" - 3:29
  12. "Check My Record" - 4:14
  13. "Murder Chi Wrote" - 4:15
  14. "Chi-Ali vs. Vanilla Shake" - 5:45
  15. "Jump to the Rhythm" - 4:06

Samples[edit | edit source]

Maniac Psycho

Step Up

  • "Hihache" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band
  • "Top Billin'" by Audio Two
  • "Zimbu Ku" by Black Heat
  • "Fat Mama" by Herbie Hancock

Funky Lemonade

  • "Dujii" and "N.T." by Kool & the Gang
  • "Keep Risin' to the Top" by Doug E. Fresh
  • "Wah Wah Man" by Young-Holt Unlimited

In My Room

  • "North Carolina" by Les McCann
  • "Fighting Fire With Fire" by Bar-Kays

Age Ain't Nothin' But a #

  • "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" by Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  • "Hope We'll Be Together Soon" by Stanley Turrentine
  • "I'll Keep My Light in My Window" by Ben Vereen
  • "Upon This Rock" by Joe Farrell

Shorty Said Nah

  • "Just to Get a Rep" by Gang Starr
  • "The Payback" by James Brown
  • "Somethin' Funky" by Big Daddy Kane
  • "Do the Funky Penguin" by Rufus Thomas
  • "Get Outta My Life Woman" by The New Apocalypse

Let the Horns Blow

  • "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by Jimi Hendrix
  • "Handclapping Song" by The Meters
  • "Don't Change Your Love" by The Five Stairsteps
  • "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne


  • "Bitches Brew" by Miles Davis
  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Bill Cosby

The Fabulous Chi

  • "Black Orpheus Medley" by Ramsey Lewis
  • "You and Love Are the Same" by The Grass Roots

Check My Record

Murder Chi Wrote

  • "Half a Row" by Ron Carter
  • "Epilog" by Jack DeJohnette

Chi-Ali vs. Vanilla Shake

  • "Overnight Sensation" by Avalanche
  • "Blue (A Folk Tale)" by Gary Bartz
  • "Funky-Vamp" by The Nite-Liters

Jump to the Rhythm

  • "Jam on the Groove" by Ralph MacDonald
  • "Now That We Found Love" by Third World

Roadrunner (Puberty Mix)

  • "Think Twice" by Donald Byrd
  • "Just Rhymin' With Biz" by Big Daddy Kane feat. Biz Markie
  • "Blind Alley" by The Emotions
  • "Funky President (People It's Bad)" by James Brown

Funky Lemonade (Remix)

  • "Down Here on the Ground" by Grant Green
  • "DWYCK" by Gang Starr
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