This one time, I met Boots Riley, one of my favourite rappers, and we talked about a bunch of cool stuff.

aamerrahman:

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Boots Riley is hands down one of my favourite MCs and lyricists. He’s currently on tour, speaking and performing in Australia and New Zealand. As well as being the frontman for The Coup, one of the longest-serving groups in Hip-hop, Boots has been an active political organiser in his local…

Boots Riley: Unplugged and Unapolagetic. Speaking and Acoustic Tour.

Australia and New Zealand!

Tomorrow! Auckland!
Boots Riley Acoustic, w Q&A. 7pm. Mangere East Community Center.

4/16! Dunedin!
Boots Riley Speaking. Moot Court. Richardson Bldg. Univ of Otago.

4/17! Dunedin!
Boots Riley Acoustic. Chick’s Hotel. Doors at 8. w/Scalper & DJ Goldstein.

4/19! Melbourne!
2pm: Boots Riley speaking at Marxism Conference. University of Melbourne.
8:30: Boots Riley Acoustic. University Of Melbourne Student Union.

Let’s do it.

In Melbourne with Ahmed Rahman

In Melbourne with Ahmed Rahman

intifada:

soooo…was i really supposed to do this, orrrr?

intifada:

soooo…was i really supposed to do this, orrrr?

makaveliminded:

Practice LookinHard

rightorder:

ANYONE WHO DOESN’T ALREADY LISTEN TO THE COUP IS MISSING OUT

Interview: The Coup

andrewhazard:

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The Coup - Hot: And Bothered
(Beat, December 2012)

Before ‘political rap’ was a sub-genre, Bay Area pioneers The Coup were raising hell with antagonistic, politically fuelled hip hop. As with any outspoken and outwardly controversial group signed to a major label, they have faced…

Yo.

Here are Boots Riley and/or The Coup events this year that we know about so far:

April
April 9: Boots Riley speaking at Evergreen College in Olympia, WA.
               6pm at The Longhouse.
April 15: Boots Riley Acoustic show in Auckland, New Zealand.
                 7pm at Mangere East Community Learning Centre.
                 With Q&A session.
April 16: Boots Riley speaks: University of Otago, Moot Court, Richardson Bldg. Dunedin, New Zealand
April 17: Radio One presents Boots Riley Acoustic at Chick’s Hotel.
              Port Chalmers, New Zealand.
April 19th: Boots Riley Speaks at the Marxism Conference in Melbourne, Australia. 2pm at Union Theater, University of Melbourne.
April 19: Boots Riley Acoustic.
                  8:30pm University of Melbourne Student Union.
April 24: Boots Riley speaking at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
                 12:30pm.
April 24: The Coup at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA. w/ Lyrics Born.


May
May 6: The Coup on En El Aire late night show
              (Biggest late night TV show in Spain!)
May 8: The Coup at Le Club in A Coruna.
May 9: The Coup at Sir Live in Oviedo
May 10: The Coup at Helldorado in Gasteiz
May 13: The Coup at El Sol in Madrid
May 14: The Coup at Apolo2 in Barcelona
May 15: The Coup at Explosivo Club in Zaragoza
May 16: The Coup at L’Abordage in Evreux
May 17:  Boots Riley speaking and Boots Riley Acoustic show in Nanterre
May 20: The Coup at Le Poste à Galène in Marseille
May 21: The Coup at La Peche in Montreuil
May 22: The Coup at A38 in Budapest
May 23: The Coup at Leon Cavallo in Milan
May 24: The Coup at a Block Party in Quartier des Grottes, Geneva
May 25: The Coup at La Sirene in La Rochelle


July
July 24: The Coup in Niort
July 25: The Coup at Musiques d’Ici et d’Ailleurs at Chalon en Champagne
July 26: The Coup at Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland
July 31: The Coup at Urkult Festival in Nasaker, Sweden

August
August 1: The Coup at Storsjoyran Festival in Ostersund
August 2: The Coup at Vanguard Music Festival in Copenhagen
August 15: The Coup’s Shadowbox at Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco
August 22: The Coup at The Magic Stick in Detroit
August 23: The Coup at Mahall’s in Lakewood, OH (Cleveland)


Obviously, we’re low on US dates. More coming soon.

Slowly adding greens to my mainly carb diet.

Slowly adding greens to my mainly carb diet.

Somebody told me I’m supposed to use instagram to take pictures of my meals.

Somebody told me I’m supposed to use instagram to take pictures of my meals.

donnellalexander:

I wrote about .@BootsRiley and The Coup for the first issue of Vibe, about twenty years ago. (E-Roc and Pam the Funkstress were still in the group.) Boots has had career ups and downs, but the staying power he’s displayed on an international level matches anyone in hip-hop considered famous today. Puffy didn’t make it into that first regular issue of Vibe, if memory serves.Nothing pays like persistence. I’m here to tell ya. 
By the way, my editor deleted every reference to Marxism that the article contained. Young people in America are treated like children by the bigger media outlets.

donnellalexander:

I wrote about .@BootsRiley and The Coup for the first issue of Vibe, about twenty years ago. (E-Roc and Pam the Funkstress were still in the group.) Boots has had career ups and downs, but the staying power he’s displayed on an international level matches anyone in hip-hop considered famous today. Puffy didn’t make it into that first regular issue of Vibe, if memory serves.

Nothing pays like persistence. I’m here to tell ya

By the way, my editor deleted every reference to Marxism that the article contained. Young people in America are treated like children by the bigger media outlets.

@HariKondabalu gettin more political during his act. Here he is singing The Internationale in an extreme falsetto.

@HariKondabalu gettin more political during his act. Here he is singing The Internationale in an extreme falsetto.

Boots Riley/St. Vincent

Boots Riley/St. Vincent

Yo. Kool AD, Talib Kweli, and I have a song together on this new Kool AD album.

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