The Coup

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: hip-hop rap political hip hop political rap seen live underground hip-hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Long-serving US rap group formed in 1992 by Raymond ‘Boots’ Riley, E-Roc and DJ Pam The Funkstress. The group’s recorded output has been driven by Riley’s unstinting commitment to social change through political activism, a stance that has attracted praise and abuse in equal measure.

Based in Oakland, California, the trio made their debut in 1993 with Kill My Landlord. This set established the Coup blueprint, with DJ Pam The Funkstress weaving a slick blend of 70s-inspired funk and clever sampling, while Riley and E-Roc span tales of life in the underbelly of black America. Their follow-up, Genocide & Juice, repeated the dose to even greater effect, but despite the critical acclaim heaped on both albums the trio’s work was ignored by a fickle music scene by now slavishly devoted to gangsta rap.

The Coup drifted apart in the mid-90s, with E-Roc making it known that he would not be returning....

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