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Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies by Brian Coleman

By Brian Coleman

A Tribe referred to as Quest • Beastie Boys • De l. a. Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL gentle • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang extended family • and twenty-five extra hip-hop immortals

It’s a tragic truth: hip-hop album liners have regularly been lowered to an inventory of manufacturer and pattern credit, a exposure photograph or , and a few swiftly composed shout-outs. That’s a rattling disgrace, simply because few outdoors the sport learn about the real inventive forces at the back of influential masterpieces like PE’s It Takes a kingdom of hundreds of thousands. . ., De La’s three ft excessive and emerging, and Wu-Tang’s input the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). an established scribe for the hip-hop country, Brian Coleman fills this void, and grants an exhilarating, knockout oral heritage of the albums that outline this dynamic and iconoclastic paintings shape.

The structure: One bankruptcy, one artist, one album, blow-by-blow and track-by-track, added immediately from the unique assets. Performers, manufacturers, DJs, and b-boys–including monstrous Daddy Kane, Muggs and B-Real, Biz Markie, RZA, Ice-T, and Wyclef–step to the mic to speak about the affects, surroundings, gear, samples, beats, beefs, and surprises that went into making every one vintage checklist. Studio craft and road smarts, sonic notion and skate ramps, triumph, tragedy, and take-out food–all performed their half in developing those crucial albums of the hip-hop canon.

Insightful, raucous, and addictive, Check the method transports you again to hip-hop’s golden age with the best artists of the ’80s and ’90s. this can be the ebook that belongs at the stacks subsequent on your wax.

“Brian Coleman’s writing is lots just like the albums he covers: direct, uproarious, and greater than six-fifths genius.”
–Jeff Chang, writer of Can’t cease Won’t cease

“All manufacturers and hip-hop fanatics needs to learn this e-book. It fairly indicates how those albums have been made and touches the track fiend in everyone.”
–DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon and Da Beatminerz

“A rarity in mainstream publishing: a very crucial rap history.”
–Ronin Ro, writer of Have Gun Will trip

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I remember we did that video in all these different spots [including many shots inside and outside of G-Son Studios] and it took a couple days. GRATITUDE MCA: That was a bass line that I had written a long time before, and it had been made into a song by my friend Tom [Cushman] for another band. But the lyrics we had never worked very well with it. So one day we recorded it in the studio and Adrock had the idea to put different vocals on it. He brought the vocals up to where the music was. Adrock: Yeah, I killed it, son [laughs].

1 To every hip-hop pioneer in this book, for never raising your hand and asking for permission. FOREWORD Since I got a record deal in ’93, my peers have always chided me with the “Ahmir, you need to get out more often” talk. But I stay inside too much. I can’t help it. I’m a stickler for all the information I can get out of music. Ever since I absorbed all twenty-four pages of the liner notes to Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, I realized—even as a five-year-old—that the information about how a record got made was just as important as (and in some cases more important than) the product itself.

The original members met in Riverside, California, on March Air Force Base—Mixx and rappers the Amazing V and Fresh Kid Ice. Mixx recalls: “Me and Ice were in the air force. He worked outpatient records and I was a cook in the hospital on the base. ” Medical records and the military base eventually gave way to an unrelated but similar-sounding pursuit: bass records. ” In 1985, Luke was a hotshot club DJ (his crew was dubbed Ghetto Style DJs) and promoter in Miami, known for making soon-to-be hit records popular in clubs like his home base, Pac Jam on 199th Street in northeast Miami.

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