13 Songs, 1 Hour 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

While most of his peers were rapping about crime and sex, 22-year-old Oakland native Boots Riley revived the political legacy of his Black Panther predecessors to create Kill My Landlord. It was the first hyper-political album from the West Coast that didn’t feel preachy or dull. Riley’s thick, organic-sounding beats reveled in '70s-style funk, and his down-home delivery only lent credence to the revolutionary messages of “Not Yet Free,” “Liberation of Lonzo,” and “Kill My Landlord.” His mission is best stated in a line from “The Coup”: “Getting drunk off liberation/F**k the Hennessey.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While most of his peers were rapping about crime and sex, 22-year-old Oakland native Boots Riley revived the political legacy of his Black Panther predecessors to create Kill My Landlord. It was the first hyper-political album from the West Coast that didn’t feel preachy or dull. Riley’s thick, organic-sounding beats reveled in '70s-style funk, and his down-home delivery only lent credence to the revolutionary messages of “Not Yet Free,” “Liberation of Lonzo,” and “Kill My Landlord.” His mission is best stated in a line from “The Coup”: “Getting drunk off liberation/F**k the Hennessey.”

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