Local Limelight: The Coup

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You know what you need? More politically-charged hip-hop, that’s what.

But seriously, if  you are a fan of hip-hop that surges with “power to the people” thoughts and protest anthems, look no further than Oakland’s the Coup. The group is fronted by Boots Riley, the smooth talking emcee who is constantly dancing and moving around as he spits out rhyme after rhyme. Other members of the group include DJ Pam the Funkstress and guitarist B’nai Rebelfront, two of the five band members that back Riley on stage.

Riley was heavily involved with both the Occupy Oakland movement and the West Coast Port Shutdown last year. Now that the movements have died down a bit, the lyrical rebel has had time to record a new album with the rest of his group that will come out at the end of the month.

Check out their single “Me & Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night” from their hit record “Steal This Album”:

If you liked that, you can catch the Coup performing this Saturday at the Treasure Island Music Festival.