Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 12, 2009 - Music - 528 pages
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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


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Contents

Live cnsw As Nasty as They Wanna
3
an MIIRKIE Goin Off
44
BLRCK MOON Enta Do Stage
83
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS Criminal Minded 11
92
common sense Resurrection
105
was EFX Dead Serious
132
as Ln SOUL 3 Feet High and Rising
159
omrrm uuosncnouuo Sex Packets 115
190
O D Firing Squad 17
276
ONYX Bacdofucup 209
302
THE mmncvos Bizarre Ride 11 the Pharcyde
316
POOR nrcrnsous TEQCHERS Holy Intellect
333
REDMRN whut? Thee Album
361
THE moors Do You Want More? ??
369
nunone Raising Hell
390
Saturday Night The Album
405

snxc B 5 nm1M Paid in Full
200
FUGEES The Score
211
GETO BOYS We Cant Be Stopped
221
ICET Power
233
MRRLEY MFIRL In Control volume 1
249
LVTE Lyte as a Rock 158
256
s 1c RICK The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
424
n TRIBE cn so QUEST The Low End Theory
434
WUTRNG cum Enter the WuTang 36 Chambers
449
QCKNOWLEDGMENTS
486
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About the author (2009)

Brian D. Colman, M.D, divides his time between New York and Seattle. Coleman is the author of Barry Dixon Interiors, Farrow & Ball: The Art of Color, Window Dressings and Historic Arts and Crafts Homes, among others.

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