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Rakim Told Me: Wax Facts Straight from the Original Artists--The '80s. Paperback – April 1, 2005
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About the Author
Brian Coleman is 34 years old and has been mesmerized and energized by hip-hop music since Run-DMC, Public Enemy, DJ Red Alert and "Yo! MTV Raps" messed with his teenage mind in the otherwise forgettable 1980s. In the past decade he has written hundreds of reviews and features about the hip-hop artform for national magazines and newspapers such as XXL ( Classic Material columnist, 1999 present; Ill Techniques columnist 2001 2003), Scratch (Editor-At-Large, 2004-present, Pioneer DJ and Indie 500 columnist), Complex, CMJ Weekly (Hip-Hop columnist and editor, 1997 and 2001) and CMJ Monthly (Hip-Hop columnist 1997 2001), URB, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, Blaze and NY Press.
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There is definitely some good info, I think the challenge for the author is that there was so much to get through and it must've been tough to get it all down, decide what to edit, and where to stop.
The other part I grappled with, and this is no fault of the author's, is that there are groups that I like and wanted to see featured in the book that weren't there. No De La, no Digible, for example. He alludes to this in the preface saying that this is by no means a comprehensive list and to wit there were groups he would have liked to have added but had to draw the line some where.
It's a start, and again no fault of the author, but it just leaves you hungering for more. Perhaps this will be the first of a multi-volume set with later era's to come, that would be great to see because while he digs in on some of the early names and their stories there are so many more to be told.
My humble suggestion to the author: Book 2 should jump off with the eponymous Pete Rock and CL Smooth, or maybe better still to end with them since hip hop did.
I like the fact that you can bounce around from section to section, reading about the albums you're most interested in first.
Those with in depth knowledge of ol skool hip hop will definetly find out little know facts about some of these classic records as the info comes straight from the artisit themselves.
There are a few artist covered in hee that could have elaborated a little bit more on certian songs, but its obvious that the rappers who had the most to say are the rappers who had the most to say (ie: Chuck D, KRS-ONE etc)
Overall I like the book and I have been recommending it to all my fellow old skool hip hop headz!!