Here's what Reed Jackson wrote about agit-hip-hop vets the Coup in this week's paper:
[FUNK] It’s hard not to like the style of Oakland-based hip-hop group the Coup. The group consists of an Afro-adorned political activist named Boots Riley, who raps about social injustices in a smooth, pimped-out hush, and DJ Pam the Funkstress, whose skills on the ones and twos have garnered her the nickname “the Party Slapper.” The duo has spent more than two decades sticking it to the man with a funky brand of rap rooted in the music of ’70s blaxploitation flicks, but the group’s last album, 2012’s Sorry to Bother You, mixed wobbly synths with dirty guitar riffs and trash-can drums to create the punkest gangster-rap record since Ice-T’s “Cop Killer.” Portland MC Luck-One will warm the show up with his own brand of fiery conscious rap, so be sure to get there on time.
Sound like something you want to check out live? (And if it isn't, what the hell is wrong with you?) We've got a pair of tickets to give you for the group's show tomorrow night at Mississippi Studios. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with THE COUP in the subject line, and we'll message the winner after the contest closes at 3 pm today.
Meanwhile, check out the group's new video for "The Magic Clap," starring Patton Oswalt.