Straight Checkn 'Em

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Straight Checkn 'em
Studio album by Compton's Most Wanted
Released July 16, 1991
Recorded March-April 1991
Genre West Coast rap, Gangsta rap
Label Orpheus Records
Producer DJ Slip, The Unknown DJ
MC Eiht chronology
It's a Compton Thang
(1990) It's a Compton Thang1990
Straight Checkn 'Em
(1991) Straight Checkn 'Em1991
Music to Driveby
(1992) Music to Driveby1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[2]

Straight Checkn 'Em is the second studio album by American rap group Compton's Most Wanted, released July 16, 1991 on Orpheus Records. It peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 92 on the Billboard 200.[3]

Along with a single, a music video was produced for the song, "Straight Checkn 'Em". The song, "Growin' Up in the Hood", was originally heard in the film, Boyz n the Hood, and was also released as a single and a music video to promote the film's soundtrack.


The album contained one of the group's most successful songs, "Growin' Up in the Hood," which also appeared on the Boyz n the Hood soundtrack. The first part for the famous "Def Wish" series (I-IV) appears in Straight Checkn 'Em. Just like their previous album It's a Compton Thang, this album was entirely produced by DJ Slip and The Unknown DJ. 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 tracks produced by DJ Slip and The Unknown DJ and written by MC Eiht.

# Title Samples Time
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" 3:46
6 "I Don't Dance" 2:29
7 "Raised in Compton" 3:48
8 "Driveby Miss Daisy" 4:26
9 "Def Wish" 3:41
10 "Compton's Lynchin' " 4:42
11 "Mike T's Funky Scratch" 2:34
12 "Can I Kill It?" 4:30
13 "Gangsta Shot Out"
  • "Gangster Boogie" by Chicago Gangsters


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 92
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 23


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ ((( Straight Checkn 'Em > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  4. ^ "Compton's Most Wanted – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Compton's Most Wanted. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Compton's Most Wanted – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Compton's Most Wanted. Retrieved August 5, 2016.

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