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Editors’ Notes

An extended edition of the 1998 Coup album Steal This Album, Steal This Double Album is not quite like anything else from the landscape of late-'90s hip-hop. These 17 songs show group leader Boots Riley pushing his beats toward the sound of a live band—all the better to emphasize his vision of a political movement powered by human strength. His lyrics remain focused on a critique of the American capitalist system, but his concepts have become cleverer and more audacious. “Me and Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night” takes down capitalism, Christianity, and misogyny under the guise of a blaxploitation narrative.

Customer Reviews

BOOTS!

I love boots riley and pam. The coup is freaking so amazing!!!

Awesome.

This is my favorite rap album that i own. Every single song on here is great, and Boots is a lyrical genius. Best songs on here are the shipment, me and jesus, and repo man, though all of them are very good. The Coup are one of my favorite rap groups, and I suggest getting all their albums if you can. In addition to the one on itunes, there is Genocide & Juice and Kill my Landlord. They may be out of print though.

A must have

This album is golden -- seriously. Boots is a lyrical genius with infectious hooks to back him up. "The Shipment" is by far one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. Anybody who likes good political hip hop definitely needs this album.

Biography

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,...
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