13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Coup emerged from Oakland in the early '90s, dropping its debut—Kill My Landlord, featuring the hit single "Dig It"—in 1993. Several more records (Genocide & Juice, Steal This Album, and Party Music) followed, with the last of those making headlines due to its controversial Twin Towers cover art. Defiantly anti-establishment and pro-revolutionary, The Coup's frontman, Boots Riley, is a outspoken activist heavily involved in various political movements (such as anti-war groups and Occupy). Over the years, The Coup's music has become more and more message-oriented. While the group has been using a live band for awhile now, Sorry to Bother You is its most non–hip-hop project to date; it's concept album much heavier on the punk-pop guitars than traditional beats and samples. Lyrically it's still rock-solid and reliably anti-authority, but older fans might be surprised by The Coup's new sonic direction. Check out "You Are Not a Riot," "The Guillotine," and "We've Got a Lot to Teach You, Cassius Green."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Coup emerged from Oakland in the early '90s, dropping its debut—Kill My Landlord, featuring the hit single "Dig It"—in 1993. Several more records (Genocide & Juice, Steal This Album, and Party Music) followed, with the last of those making headlines due to its controversial Twin Towers cover art. Defiantly anti-establishment and pro-revolutionary, The Coup's frontman, Boots Riley, is a outspoken activist heavily involved in various political movements (such as anti-war groups and Occupy). Over the years, The Coup's music has become more and more message-oriented. While the group has been using a live band for awhile now, Sorry to Bother You is its most non–hip-hop project to date; it's concept album much heavier on the punk-pop guitars than traditional beats and samples. Lyrically it's still rock-solid and reliably anti-authority, but older fans might be surprised by The Coup's new sonic direction. Check out "You Are Not a Riot," "The Guillotine," and "We've Got a Lot to Teach You, Cassius Green."

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