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Check the Technique

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Check the Technique

Check the Technique

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
59840
publisher:
Villard
genre:
Music, Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Rappers are not the easiest people to pin down. So Brian Coleman gets props for the exhaustive effort it took to interview the writers and producers of three dozen seminal hip-hop albums for Check the Technique. He doesn’t merely compile fresh liner notes and anecdotes from stars like Q-Tip, Chuck D, and Too $hort. He captures hip-hop’s spirit from the ’80s to the mid-’90s, when inner-city kids discovered music through samples crammed into SP-1200 drum machines, learned the biz from shady contracts, and built their personae from their stage names up. Most admirably, Coleman sits back and lets these born storytellers talk. B+

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