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Hip-hop fans of all ages and eras, rejoice! Details have just been announced regarding the release of the book Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Wax Facts Press), by veteran Boston-based music journalist Brian Coleman. It is the follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed Check the Technique (Villard / Random House), which has sold more than 11,000 copies to date.


The upcoming 544-page softcover book, which will be released in early October 2014 on Wax Facts Press, is available in a limited-time pre-sale via Get On Down. Customers who purchase the book from now until July 25 will receive an autographed book several weeks before it hits book and record store shelves in October, plus an exclusive 7-inch of Smif-N-Wessun’s 1995 song “Home Sweet Home” (taken from their album Dah Shinin’, which is one of the book’s chapters), complete with never-before-seen artwork relating to the album’s original cover. Visit www.GetOnDown.com for more information.


Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential ‘80s masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper and 3rd Bass’ The Cactus Album to ‘90s classics like Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Mos Def’s and Talib Kweli’s Are Black Star and Dr. Octagon’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, the book’s approach is one that Coleman calls Invisible Liner Notes – retracing the story of an album step by step, in collaboration with the artists themselves. Weighing in at over 540 pages, the 25-chapter book includes lively, in-depth, provocative interviews with more than 80 artists, DJs, producers and industry insiders. All in all, 325 hip-hop songs are discussed and dissected, by the artists who made them.


As Coleman explains, “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.”


Full chapters list for Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies


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)


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1 Responses to "Brian Coleman Prepping “Check The Technique Vol. 2″ Hip-Hop Liner Notes Book"
  • junsd says:

    Good stuff. A must own

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