Holy Intellect

Holy Intellect

by Poor Righteous TeachersPoor Righteous Teachers


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Holy Intellect was Poor Righteous Teachers' excellent debut, as well as the group's highest-charting release, peaking at number 142 on the Billboard 200. Rhymes reflecting the beliefs of the Five Percent Nation never translated to mass appeal, but the group's inability to become more popular is kind of surprising, given that this album can be enjoyed by any fan of Gang Starr, Main Source, the Jungle Brothers, or A Tribe Called Quest. At the very least, it contains some of the era's most undervalued MCing. Perhaps it was the group's name, neither as tough-sounding as Public Enemy nor as clever as Brand Nubian. Or maybe they just lacked that one big breakout single. Produced mostly by Tony "Tony D" Depula (YZ, Jazzy Jay, King Sun), Holy Intellect contains many examples of late-'80s/early-'90s rap positing brainy lyrics over energizing productions suited for a party. Having a good time and feeding your mind didn't have to be mutually exclusive events. Take "Butt Naked Booty Bless," which, instrumentally, could be used for any old crowd-goading chatter, rather than Wise Intelligent lines like "Lessons are the key to the style I drop/Hip-hop, not miscellaneous rhymes." It is worth noting that three tracks were released as singles that hit the Billboard rap chart: the hard-charging "Holy Intellect," the relaxed "Rock Dis Funky Joint," and the tender "Shakiyla," (which sampled Zapp's "Be Alright" before Big Daddy Kane's "Prince of Darkness" and 2Pac's "Keep Ya Head Up").

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2019
Label: Funkytown Grooves
UPC: 5060196469611
catalogNumber: 12736276
Rank: 30485


  1. Can I Start This?
  2. Rock Dis Funky Joint
  3. Strictly Ghetto
  4. Holy Intellect
  5. Shakiyla
  6. Time to Say Peace
  7. Style Dropped/Lessons Taught
  8. Speaking Upon a Blackman
  9. So Many Teachers
  10. Word From the Wise
  11. Butt Naked Booty Bless
  12. Poor Righteous Teachers
  13. Holy Intellect
  14. Holy Intellect
  15. Rock Dis Funky
  16. Rock Dis Funky Joint
  17. Rock Dis Funky Joint

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Poor Righteous Teachers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Poor Righteous Teachers   Executive Producer
Lee Oskar   Composer
Harold Brown   Composer
Bruce Gray   Composer,Lyricist
Howard Scott   Composer
Wise Intelligent   Composer,Lyricist
Charles Miller   Composer
Tony Depula   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Kevon Glickman   Executive Producer
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Sylvester Allen   Composer
Alex Henderson   Liner Notes
Leroy Jordan   Composer
Tony Calvert   Reissue Producer
Randy Mahon   Interview Coordinator
Eric A. "I.Q." Gray   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer

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