Ice Cube, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, & More Dissect Their Classic LPs In "Check The Technique Vol 2"


(AllHipHop News) Veteran music journalist Brian Coleman provided Hip Hop fans an intimate history for 36 of the culture’s artistic works in his 2007 book Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. Coleman has decided to revisit some more classic rap albums in a forthcoming sequel.

Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies is set to hit retailers this October. The new edition will have 25 chapters and include over 350 pictures. More than 80 individuals were interviewed for the book including Ice Cube, Raekwon, Naughty By Nature, Lord Finesse, MF Doom, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), and Talib Kweli.

Mos and Kweli’s Black Star is one of the albums featured in CTT 2. Coleman also presents never-before-told, behind-the-scenes details about other projects like Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted & Kill At Will, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo’s Wanted: Dead Or Alive, and Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. A total of 325 Hip Hop songs are explained by the artists who made them.


“This third edition of my Check the Technique/Rakim Told Me series is the one that I am proudest of, by far,” states Coleman. “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.”

Coleman previously authored Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight From the Original Artists. He has also contributed to XXL, Scratch, the Boston Herald, and other publications.

Check the Technique Volume 2: is available for pre-sale for a limited time at Consumers who pre-order now get an autographed copy of the book and an exclusive 7-inch of Smif-N-Wessun’s “Home Sweet Home.”

CTT1Check out the full chapter list for Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies below.

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)