The Coup

For more than a decade and a half, Oakland's the Coup has been using hip-hop rooted in '70s funk and 808 trunk explosions to push its subversive, ultraleftist agenda. Providing a soundtrack and guide to Molotov cocktail partying, rapper Boots Riley and DJ Pam the Funkstress tackle revolutionary theory from a refreshing angle. When dealing with hypercapitalism, warmongering, and racial politics, the Coup's gift lies in its ability to wittily mesh socially conscious spite with humor. “Piss on Your Grave” and “Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night” offer much-needed laughs amidst the severity of their subject matter. After all, putting a little fun in the fight makes the struggle a bit more appealing and the odds a bit less daunting.

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