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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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I've always been a huge fan of The Coup and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this album on iTunes today. This is an awesome album with those funky Coup beats we're all used to. Great hip hop!

Real Hip Hop

The Coup shold be taught in every high school and college in Amerikkka,...they speak the total truth, keep the revolution going!!! Political hip hop's great group, most unrrated group of all times. Peace to The coup....keep fighting the power and bring the truth to the masses!!

Come on Kids

This record is great start to finish. I've listend to The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, and I've loved everything, but I got to say...this is the best thing Boots Riley has ever put out. Boots and Pam brought the big guns and the blow torches on this one.

Buy this and enjoy!


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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