See The Coup at Biltmore Cabaret July 9th

The Coup July 9th @ Biltmore concert poster.

Ask Boots Riley of The Coup what he thinks of the G20 summit and you're bound to get an interesting answer. Boots has been a guest on such television shows as Politically Incorrect for his opinions, and maintains a collection video interviews on his YouTube channel, COUPTV

Straight out of Oakland California, The Coup is politically active rapper. 'I Love Boosters' off of The Coup's newest album 'Pick A Bigger Weapon' injects "This goes to all them hard working women/ Who risk jail-time just to make them a living/We know there'd probably be no one in prison/If rights to food, clothes, and shelter were given". Although Boots' rhymes can be a bit generalized and idealistic, he has fantastic musical support.

Pam the Funkstress is The Coup's DJ. Yes, a female hip hop DJ! (What is this, the 21st century?) The Coup's musical style fits somewhere between Atlanta, Georgia's OutKast and Canada's Junior Boys. Some songs, like 'Babylet'shaveababybeforebushdosomethin'crazy' (featuring Silk E) and 'Ijustwannalayaroundalldayinbedwithyou' tend to be categorizable as R&B, and there is even a hint of disco in the mix.

The Coup is commercially catchy, but essentially valuable. By listening, you get a good story and a good groove.

The Coup is headed to The Bitmore Cabaret alongside Run with the Heard and Nina Mendoza. The show begins at 9:30pm on Friday July 29th, 2010. Tickets are $19 in advance at Zulu Records, Red Cat and Beat Street. You can also get tickets online at


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