Straight Checkn 'Em

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Straight Checkn 'Em
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 16, 1991
RecordedMarch 31–April 19, 1991
Studio
Genre
Length46:22
Label
Producer
Compton's Most Wanted chronology
It's a Compton Thang
(1990)
Straight Checkn 'Em
(1991)
Music to Driveby
(1992)
Singles from Straight Checkn 'Em
  1. "Growin' Up in the Hood"
    Released: June 20, 1991
  2. "Straight Checkn 'Em"
    Released: September 12, 1991
  3. "Compton's Lynchin' / They Still Gafflin"
    Released: January 30, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[2]

Straight Checkn 'Em is the second studio album by American gangsta rap group Compton's Most Wanted. It was released on July 16, 1991 through 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" recorded and mixed at Trax Recording Studio in Hollywood on March 31, 1991. Production was handled entirely by DJ Slip and The Unknown DJ.

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 1991 film 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 number 92 on the Billboard 200 and at number 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States.

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]

All lyrics written by Aaron Tyler.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Intro"1:02
2."They Still Gafflin'"
4:29
3."Growin' Up in the Hood"
4:11
4."Wanted"
4:14
5."Straight Checkn 'Em"
  • T. Allen
  • A. Manuel
3:46
6."I Don't Dance"
2:29
7."Raised in Compton"
  • T. Allen
  • A. Manuel
3:48
8."Driveby Miss Daisy"
  • T. Allen
  • A. Manuel
  • W. Zimmerman
4:26
9."Def Wish"
  • T. Allen
  • A. Manuel
3:41
10."Compton's Lynchin'"
4:42
11."Mike T's Funky Scratch"
  • T. Allen
  • A. Manuel
2:34
12."Can I Kill It?"4:30
13."Gangsta Shot Out"
  • T. Allen
  • A. Manuel
2:32
Total length:46:22

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[3] 92
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Straight Checkn 'Em - Compton's Most Wanted | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Bernard, James (August 30, 1991). "Straight Checkn 'Em". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Compton's Most Wanted Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Compton's Most Wanted Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 5, 2016.

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