Going Behind The Scenes on Classic Hip-Hop Albums

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By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      Have you ever wondered what really went down in the studio while some of your all-time favorite hip-hop tracks were being recorded? In his new book, “Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies”, author Brian Coleman interviews 75 artists, DJs, producers and industry insiders on what was going on when artists like Common was recording “Resurrection,” or when the Wu-Tang Clan was in the studio putting together “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers.”

      "My goal with Check the Technique is to let people eavesdrop on some amazing conversations I’ve had with hip-hop legends over the years,” Coleman said. “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."

      The book, which hits stores on June 19, is over 500 pages long and covers more than 400 songs. Here’s a list of the albums covered in the book:


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
Common: Resurrection
Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill
Das Efx: Dead Serious
De La Soul: 3 Feet High And Rising
Digable Planets: Reachin’
Digital Underground: Sex Packets
EPMD: Strictly Business
Eric B & Rakim: Paid In Full
The Fugees: The Score
Geto Boys: We Can’t Be Stopped
Ice-T: Power
Marley Marl: In Control Volume 1
MC Lyte: Lyte As A Rock
Mobb Deep: The Infamous
M.O.P: Firing Squad
Onyx: Bacdafucup
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
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