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Lead rapper Boots Riley was involved in political activism long before he was a musician.

Formed in the early '90s, the Coup were obviously influenced by the black power rhetoric of "conscious" rappers like Public Enemy and KRS-One, but they were perhaps even more inspired by a heavy-duty, leftist reading list that included Marx and Mao. Lead rapper/producer Boots (born Raymond Riley) was involved in political activism long before he was a musician. His fervent dedication to social change, from his work with the Young Comrades through his deep involvement with the Occupy Oakland movement, was the overriding influence on every Coup album.

Bonnie Chan Editor

The Coup

Sunday, July 21, 2013 8pm

Yoshi's San Francisco (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA) Map it $22

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