Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Google eBook)
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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop JunkiesUser Review - Patrick - Goodreads
Nice to get some insight on some of the seminal albums of my coming of age period. Some intersting inclusions (MOP and ONYX) and oversights (NWA and Ice Cube) - That might have been an access issue - East Coast base? Read full review
Review: Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop JunkiesUser Review - DJMikeG - Goodreads
If you love classic hip hop music, this is a must read. Read full review
O D Firing Squad 17
ONYX Bacdofucup 209
THE mmncvos Bizarre Ride 11 the Pharcyde
POOR nrcrnsous TEQCHERS Holy Intellect
REDMRN whut? Thee Album
THE moors Do You Want More? ??
nunone Raising Hell
Saturday Night The Album
snxc B 5 nm1M Paid in Full
FUGEES The Score
GETO BOYS We Cant Be Stopped
MRRLEY MFIRL In Control volume 1
LVTE Lyte as a Rock 158
s 1c RICK The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
n TRIBE cn so QUEST The Low End Theory
WUTRNG cum Enter the WuTang 36 Chambers