Check the Technique
A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals
It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have always been reduced to a list of producer and sample credits, a publicity photo or two, and some hastily composed shout-outs. That’s a damn shame, because few outside the game know about the true creative forces behind influential masterpieces like PE’s It Takes a Nation of Millions. . ., De La’s 3 Feet High and Rising, and Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). A longtime scribe for the hip-hop nation, Brian Coleman fills this void, and delivers a thrilling, knockout oral history of the albums that define this dynamic and iconoclastic art form.
The format: One chapter, one artist, one album, blow-by-blow and track-by-track, delivered straight from the original sources. Performers, producers, DJs, and b-boys–including Big Daddy Kane, Muggs and B-Real, Biz Markie, RZA, Ice-T, and Wyclef–step to the mic to talk about the influences, environment, equipment, samples, beats, beefs, and surprises that went into making each classic record. Studio craft and street smarts, sonic inspiration and skate ramps, triumph, tragedy, and take-out food–all played their part in creating these essential albums of the hip-hop canon.
Insightful, raucous, and addictive, Check the Technique transports you back to hip-hop’s golden age with the greatest artists of the ’80s and ’90s. This is the book that belongs on the stacks next to your wax.
“Brian Coleman’s writing is a lot like the albums he covers: direct, uproarious, and more than six-fifths genius.”
–Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
“All producers and hip-hop fans must read this book. It really shows how these albums were made and touches the music fiend in everyone.”
–DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon and Da Beatminerz
“A rarity in mainstream publishing: a truly essential rap history.”
–Ronin Ro, author of Have Gun Will Travel
Baker & Taylor
An oral history of hip-hop music offers contributions by the artists who offer an anecdotal account of the creation of some of the genre's most important albums, as well as the people, events, and environment that inspired them, with essays by Ice-T, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Naughty By Nature, The Roots, Digable Planets, and others. Original. 25,000 first printing.
An oral history of hip-hop music offers contributions by the artists who offer an anecdotal account of the creation of some of the genre's most important albums, as well as the people, events, and environment that inspired them.
liner notes for hip-hop junkies
"Originally published in different form in the United States by Wax Facts Press, Somerville, Mass., in 2005"--T.p. verso
Beastie Boys : Check your head
Big Daddy Kane : Love live the Kane
Biz Markie : Goin' off
Black Moon : Enta da stage
Boogie Down Productions : Criminal minded
Brand Nubian : One for all
Common (Sense) : Resurrection
Cypress Hill : Cypress Hill
Das Efx : Dead serious
De la Soul : 3 feet high and rising
Digable Planets : Reachin' (a new refutation of time and space)
Digital Underground : Sex packets
EPMD : Strictly business
Eric B & Rakim : Paid in full
Fugees : The score
Geto Boys : We can't be stopped
Ice-T : Power
Marley Marl : In control volume 1
MC Lyte : Lyte as a rock
Mobb Deep : The infamous
M.O.P. : Firing squad
Onyx : Bacdafucup
Pete Rock & CL Smooth : Mecca and the soul brother
The Pharcyde : Bizarre ride II the Pharcyde
Poor Righteous Teachers : Holy intellect
Public Enemy : It takes a nation of millions to hold us back
Redman : Whut? thee album
The Roots : Do you want more?!!!??!
Run-DMC : Raising hell
Schoolly D : Saturday night! the album
Slick Rick : The great adventures of Slick Rick
Too $hort : Life is
A Tribe Called Quest : The low end theory
Wu-Tang Clan : Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 chambers)
X-Clan : to the east, blackwards
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