Straight Checkn 'Em
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Studio album by Compton's Most Wanted

Released

16 July 1991

Recorded

March 31 - April 19, 1991

Studio

Big Beat Soundlabs
(Los Angeles, CA)
Trax Recording Studio
(Hollywood, CA)

Genre

West Coast hip hop | gangsta rap

Length

46:22

Label

Orpheus, Epic

Producer

DJ Slip, The Unknown DJ (also exec.)

Compton's Most Wanted chronology

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It's a Compton Thang (1990)

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Music to Driveby (1992)

Straight Checkn 'Em is the second studio album by American Hip hop group Compton's Most Wanted, released in July 16, 1991 on Orpheus Records and Epic Records. Recording sessions took place at Big Beat Soundlabs in Los Angeles from April 2 to April 19, 1991, except for the song "Growin' Up in the Hood" was recorded and mixed at Trax Recording Studio in Hollywood on March 31, 1991. Like their debut, Production was handled entirely by The Unknown DJ and DJ Slip. The album spawned three singles "Growin' Up in the Hood", "Straight Checkn 'Em" and "Compton's Lynchin' /"They Still Gafflin'". Its lead single "Growin' Up in the Hood", made it to #1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and was featured in the 1991 movie Boyz n the Hood and the film's soundtrack. The second single, a title track "Straight Checkn 'Em", peaked at #16 on the same Billboard chart. Along with the singles, music videos were directed for the songs "Growin' Up in the Hood" and "Straight Checkn 'Em". 

The album peaked at #92 on the Billboard 200, and #23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States. It received positive reviews upon release. As of 2019, the album has sold over 450,000 copies.

Tha Chill was unable to appear in this album because he was sentenced to prison some months before the recording, the only song he was able to appear was "Growin' Up in the Hood".

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs performed by MC Eiht, except for "Mike T's Funky Scratch", scratches performed by DJ Mike T. All songs produced by DJ Slip and The Unknown DJ.

No. Title Writer(s) Time
1. "Intro" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 1:02
2. "They Still Gafflin" Allen, Hayes, Manuel, Tyler 4:30
3. "Growin' Up in the Hood" Allen, Manuel, Simon, Tyler 4:12
4. "Wanted" Allen, Manuel, Tyler, White 4:13
5. "Straight Checkn 'Em" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 3:45
6. "I Don't Dance" Allen, Clinton, Manuel, Shider, Spradley, Tyler 2:30
7. "Raised in Compton" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 3:45
8. "Driveby Miss Daisy" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 4:27
9. "Def Wish" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 3:42
10. "Compton's Lynchin" Allen, Manuel, Tyler, Watson 4:44
11. "Mike T's Funky Scratch" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 2:35
12. "Can I Kill It?" Allen, Isley, Isley, Isley, Isley, Isley, Jasper, Manuel, Noble, Tyler, Womack, Womack 4:21
13. "Gangsta Shot Out" Allen, Manuel, Tyler 2:32

Samples[edit | edit source]

Intro

  • "Slum Creeper" by Quincy Jones
  • "They're Back" from Poltergeist II: The Other Side

They Still Gafflin'

  • "I Get Lifted" by George McCrae
  • "Good Old Music" by Funkadelic
  • "Do Your Thing" by Isaac Hayes

Growin' Up in the Hood

  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.
  • "Theme from Cleopatra Jones" by Joe Simon
  • "Kung Fu" by Curtis Mayfield

Wanted

  • "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" by Barry White

Straight Checkn 'Em

  • "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps
  • "Caught, Can We Get a Witness" by Public Enemy

I Don't Dance

  • "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton
  • "I Can Make You Dance" by Zapp

Raised in Compton

  • "The Breakdown (Part II)" by Rufus Thomas
  • "People Make the World Go Round" by Young-Holt Unlimited
  • "Vapors" by Biz Markie

Driveby Miss Daisy

  • "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson

Def Wish

  • "Wilford's Gone" by The Blackbyrds

Compton's Lynchin'

  • "Superman Lover" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson
  • "Fever" by Ronnie Laws

Mike T's Funky Scratch

  • "Buns O' Plenty" by Isaac Hayes
  • "It's Funky Enough" by The D.O.C.

Can I Kill It?

  • "Fool Yourself" by Little Feat
  • "Love TKO" by Teddy Pendergrass
  • "This Is for the Lover in You" by Shalamar
  • "Footsteps in the Dark" by The Isley Brothers

Gangsta Shot Out

  • "French Waltz" by Leon Ware
  • "Gangster Boogie" by Chicago Gangsters
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