INTERVIEWS WITH: THE FUGEES, BEASTIE BOYS, DE LA SOUL, PUBLIC ENEMY, WU-TANG CLAN, THE ROOTS, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, RAKIM, COMMON, MOBB DEEP, BLACK MOON, RUN-DMC AND TWO DOZEN MORE
INTRODUCTION BY AHMIR "?UESTLOVE" THOMPSON OF THE ROOTS; PHOTOS BY B+
Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential '80s masterpieces De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back to '90s classics like the Fugees' The Score and the Beastie Boys' Check Your Head, 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 500 pages, the 36-chapter book includes lively, in-depth, provocative interviews with 75 artists, DJs, producers and industry insiders. All in all, 400 hip-hop songs are discussed and dissected, with and by the artists who made them.
As Coleman explains, "My goal with Check the Technique is to let people eavesdrop on conversations I have been fortunate to have had with hip-hop legends over the years. To me, the most important thing about the book is that the facts, stories and opinions come from the artists themselves. Hip-hop artists have a certain image on video screens and in press-junket interviews, but Check the Technique does its best to strip all of that away and talk to these innovators as people, with respect and fan-fueled curiosity."
Coleman's self-published 2005 book, Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight from the Original Artists, received worldwide praise from press, artists, industry insiders and around-the-way rap fans alike.
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2 Live Crew As Nasty As They Wanna Be
Beastie Boys Check Your Head
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane
Biz Markie Goin' Off
Black Moon Enta Da Stage
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded
Brand Nubian One for All
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
The Fugees The Score
Geto Boys We Can't Be Stopped
Marley Marl In Control Volume 1
MC Lyte Lyte As A Rock
Mobb Deep The Infamous
M.O.P. Firing Squad
Pete Rock & CL Smooth Mecca & 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… Too $hort
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
X-Clan To the East, Blackwards