Check the Technique: Hip Hop as Methodology

What is the history behind the making of some of hip hop’s greatest albums and songs? How are tracks made? How can the process of assembling a track be applied to larger social and cultural practices?

Inspired by the publication of Check the Technique V.2, journalist Brian Coleman‘s second volume of “Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies,” this discussion looked at hip hop production practices and the hip hop creative process as both musical techniques and social techniques.

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Brian Coleman, journalist and author of Check the Technique Vols 1 & 2, and Rakim Told Me: Wax Facts Straight From The Original Artists
Adrian Younge, composer, arranger, producer (Venice Dawn, Souls of Mischief, Ghostface Killah)
Brother J, from legendary Hip Hop crew X Clan
Brian ‘B+’ Cross, photographer, filmmaker, UCSD professor, and author of It’s Not About a Salary, It’s About a Reality: Rap, Race, and Resistance in Los Angeles
Oliver Wang, CSULB sociologist, DJ, journalist, and author of Classic Material: The Hip Hop Album Guide
Monalisa Murray, DJ, hip hop record label and promotion veteran