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By embracing a tighter, more traditional brand of hip-hop than he had on 1998’s Steal This Album, Boots Riley helped make 2001’s Party Music one of The Coup’s most convincing statements. “Wear Clean Draws,” “Ghetto Manifesto,” and “Tight” are three of the nastiest beats of Riley’s career, and even the rock-infused “Lazymuthafu**a” is driven by a ferocity that should be feared by feebler rappers. Riley’s intelligence is matched by his gutsiness. While Jay Z made CEO worship a fixture of hip-hop culture, The Coup were unafraid to dismantle his posturing with the merciless—yet highly danceable—“5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O.”

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coup is alright

this album is alright i wish they woulda had a little more hardcore

Always been cool

This coup album is worth a listen all the way through and the beats are sick...

I really dig this.

I think the general review of this album is on target. I really dig the funk and tone of this album. I love the solid lyrics and activist nature of them. I came upon The Coup after stumbling on to a Submedia video which Boots was interviewed on. The show was titled, It's the End of the World as We know it and I feel FINE episode #28. Good stuff. Keep it up.


Formed: Oakland, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Coup were one of the most overtly political bands in rap history. Formed in the early '90s, the Coup were obviously influenced by the black power rhetoric of "conscious" rappers like Public Enemy and KRS-One, but they were perhaps even more inspired by a heavy-duty, leftist reading list that included Marx and Mao. Lead rapper/producer Boots (born Raymond Riley) was involved in political activism long before he was a musician. His fervent dedication to social change, from his work with the Young...
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