Check the Technique: Volume 2
Published by Wax Facts Press
544 pages, 7 1/2" X 9 3/4"
Twenty-five classic albums from the 1980s and 90s are lovingly and extensively profiled by acclaimed rap journalist Brian Coleman in this impressive volume, making it mandatory reading for all Hip-Hop junkies. Think you know something about the history of this revolutionary American art form? Think again. Check the Technique: Volume 2 will leave you wondering how you lived without this resource until now. Coleman digs deep to finds the whys and wherefores, providing not only incredible context for each album, but direct access to the minds of their creators. Over the course of twenty-five chapters, more than 80 interviews and the dissection of 325 seminal tracks, this book will provide years of fact-checking enjoyment. Featuring interviews with, and analysis of tracks by: Ice Cube, Naughty by Nature, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, 3rd Bass, Raekwon, The Coup, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Mantronix, Black Sheep, Smif-N-Wessun, Dr. Octagon, Stetsasonic, Gravediggaz, Company Flow and 11 more.
A.V. Club: Hip-hop journalist Brian Coleman makes us a mixtape of “what if” tracks by Eric Thurm
The Boston Globe: Brian Coleman, Edo G chronicle a Boston hip-hop classic by Martín Caballero
Brooklyn Bodega: Rap Nerds exclaim in joy “Check The Technique Vol. 2 will be here soon” by Michaelangelo Matos
HIPHOPDX: “Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies” Book Release Date & Cover Art by Soren Baker
Mass Appeal: Hip-Hop Book: “Check the Technique Vol. 2”
NPR: Best Books of 2014
Pitchfork: Essential Reading: Check the Technique Vol. 2 by Nate Patrin
The Village Voice: Breaking Down Rap’s Greatest Albums, Track by Track by Chaz Kangas
The Vinyl District: Graded on a Curve: 3rd Bass, The Cactus Album by Joseph Neff
The Wire UK: Interview with Richard Stacey, November 2014 Issue
Wordplay: Check The Technique – Brian Coleman