As if one book about Hip Hop liner notes wasn’t enough to keep you busy, veteran author and Hip Hop historian Brian Coleman will release his second volume of the definitive Hip Hop book Check The Technique that everyone from Questlove to Chuck D was raving about. This time, the Boston based journalist gets even deeper in Check The Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies to be released on Wax Facts Press in October. With what he calls “invisible liner notes”, Coleman retraces the story of each album step by step. Collaborating with the actual artists themselves as well as people involved, each project is discussed and dissected by the artists who made these classics. Weighing in at a whopping 540 pages plus, he interviews more than 80 artists, producers, DJs, and key players involved in the making of some of the most well known records of all time. When all is said and done, over 325 songs are gone over. No small feat.
“This third edition of my Check the Technique / Rakim Told Me series is the one that I am proudest of, by far. The interviews are deeper than ever before, the chapters are longer and more in-depth, and I have spent months gathering the 350-plus images that are included in the pages which really bring the stories of these amazing albums to life.”- Brian Coleman
Available at a pre-sale with Get On Down, the book will come with a limited edition Smif-N-Wessun 7″ “Home Sweet Home” (taken from Dah Shinin’, a chapter in the book), along with never-before-seen artwork relating to the album’s original cover. You will also get an autographed copy of the book way before its October release, and a chance to read about the behind the scenes of classic Hip Hop material before anyone else. A must get for all Hip Hop heads.
Here’s a full chapter list:
3rd Bass The Cactus Album (1989)
The Beatnuts Intoxicated Demons: The EP (1993)
Black Sheep A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing (1991)
Company Flow Funcrusher Plus (1997)
The Coup Steal This Album (1998)
Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop (1992)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper (1988)
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst (1996)
ED O.G & Da Bulldogs Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto (1991)
Gravediggaz Niggamortis [aka 6 Feet Deep] (1994)
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted & Kill At Will (1990)
Jeru The Damaja The Sun Rises In The East (1994)
KMD Black Bastards (recorded 1994, released 2000)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Wanted: Dead Or Alive (1990)
Kwamé The Boy Genius Featuring A New Beginning (1989)
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth Funky Technician (1990)
Mantronix The Album (1985)
Masta Ace Incorporated SlaughtaHouse (1993)
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (1998)
Naughty By Nature Naughty By Nature (1991)
Nice & Smooth Ain’t A Damn Thing Changed (1991)
Chef Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995)
Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin’ (1995)
Stetsasonic In Full Gear (1988)
Various Wild Style Breakbeats (recorded 1981)
So if you love Hip Hop, or are just fascinated at a look at how late 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop got down, this is your book. If you haven’t read Check The Technique (Vol.1) or Rakim Told Me, then you need to get a late pass, as these book tell it like it is and give you the straight facts. They are required reading for any one who is into the culture, and Coleman leaves no stone unturned. For a limited time you can see sample chapters here.
Pre-order the book from Get On Down here.