Veteran music journalist Brian Coleman is revisiting his behind-the-scenes Hip Hop history anthology Check the Technique with a second edition. Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies is a 544-page book full of never-before-told stories about 325 rap songs.

The 25 classic Hip Hop albums featured in Volume 2 are actually decoded by the artists who created them. Coleman conducted over 80 interviews with legendary performers like Ice Cube, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Raekwon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kool G Rap, and many more.

Classic Albums By Cube, Black Star & The Chef To Be Decoded In “Check The Technique Vol 2”

Several hundred pictures were included as well. Digital versions of Volume 2 will also include five additional chapters.

“This third edition of my Check the Technique/Rakim Told Me series is the one that I am proudest of, by far,” says Coleman. “The interviews are deeper than ever before, the chapters are longer and more in-depth, and I spent months gathering the 350-plus images that are included in the pages which really bring the stories of these amazing albums to life.”

Besides 2007’s Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies, Coleman previously published Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight From the Original Artists. The ‘80s in 2005. He also worked as a columnist for national magazines XXL, Scratch, CMJ and URB.

CheckTheTechnique2Brian Coleman’s Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies is scheduled for release October 14th.

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

Chapters List

3rd Bass The Cactus Album (1989, Def Jam / CBS)
The Beatnuts Intoxicated Demons: The EP (1993, Relativity / Violator)
Black Sheep A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing (1991, Mercury / PolyGram)
Company Flow Funcrusher Plus (1997, Official / Rawkus)
The Coup Steal This Album (1998, Dogday / Polemic)
Diamond and the Psychotic Neurotics Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop (1992, Chemistry / Mercury)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper (1988, Jive / RCA)
Dr. Octagon Dr. Octagonecologyst (1996, Bulk Recordings)
ED O.G & Da Bulldogs Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto (1991, PWL America / Mercury)
Gravediggaz Niggamortis [aka 6 Feet Deep] (1994, Gee Street / Island)
Ice Cube AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted & Kill At Will (1990, Priority)
Jeru The Damaja The Sun Rises In The East (1994, Payday / FFRR)
KMD Black Bastards ([1994] / 2000, [Elektra] / Readyrock / Sub Verse)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Wanted: Dead Or Alive (1990, Cold Chillin’ / Warner Bros.)
Kwamé The Boy Genius Featuring A New Beginning (1989, Atlantic)
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth Funky Technician (1990, Wild Pitch)
Mantronix The Album (1985, Sleeping Bag)
Masta Ace Incorporated SlaughtaHouse (1993, Delicious Vinyl / Atlantic)
Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (1998, Rawkus)
Naughty By Nature Naughty By Nature (1991, Tommy Boy)
Nice & Smooth  Ain’t A Damn Thing Changed (1991, RAL / PolyGram)
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995, Loud / RCA)
Smif-N-Wessun Dah Shinin’ (1995, Wreck / Nervous)
Stetsasonic In Full Gear (1988, Tommy Boy)
Various Wild Style Breakbeats ([1981] / 2014, Kay-Dee / Get On Down)

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