Rakim Told Me

(2005, Wax Facts Press)

Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight from the Original Artists. The ‘80s.


Why the hell didn't hip-hop albums ever have liner notes?!!??

For years, hip-hop fans have been robbed of context and background when buying and enjoying classic albums from the Golden Age: the 1980s. Rakim Told Me brings you these invisible liner notes, one album at a time, with new angles and engaging stories. 21 albums are examined in-depth, and facts are uncovered with the turn of every page.

Journalist Brian Coleman has, over the past decade, immersed himself in and written about the hip-hop artform as a columnist for national magazines like XXL, Scratch,CMJ and URB. In this volume, The '80s, he digs deep, one-on-one, with legendary artists like Rakim, De La Soul, Ice-T, Public Enemy, KRS-One, Run-DMC, Slick Rick, Too $hort and many more. Rakim Told Me lets you dive head-first into the world of your favorite hip-hop artists and the classic albums they produced.

These are pure wax facts straight from the original artists, brought to the surface again after years of invisibility. So dig out your turntable, clean off your Zulu Nation medallion, crack open a chapter, and relive hip-hop's most creative and captivating era.


[ BOLD - chapter only available in Rakim Told Me, not included in Check the Technique ]

2 Live Crew As Nasty As They Wanna Be
Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane
Biz Markie Goin' Off
Boogie Down Productions Criminal Minded
Dana Dane Dana Dane With Fame
De La Soul 3 Feet High And Rising
The D.O.C. No One Can Do It Better
EPMD Strictly Business
Eric B & Rakim Paid In Full
Ice-T Power
Jungle Brothers Straight Out The Jungle
Mantronix The Album
Marley Marl In Control Volume 1
MC Lyte Lyte As A Rock
Public Enemy It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Run-DMC Raising Hell
Schoolly D Saturday Night: The Album
Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
Special Ed Youngest In Charge
Too $hort Life Is… Too $hort
Ultramagnetic MCs Critical Beatdow