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Birth Place: Oakland, California, United States
Years Active: 1991-present
Genres: Hip Hop

The Coup is a political hip hop group based in Oakland, California. It formed as a three-member group in 1990 with emcees Raymond “Boots” Riley, E-Roc and DJ Pam the Funkstress. E-Roc left on amicable terms after the group's second album. The Coup, part of the sub-genre of political hip hop, is politically communist in its music and aligns itself with other radical music groups such as Dead Prez and Rage Against the Machine. The group's music is characterized by aggressive, yet danceable bass-driven backbeats overlaid by humorous, hopeful and sometimes violent lyrics criticizing capitalism, American politics, patriarchal exploitation, and police brutality, among other things. The Coup's ... Continue Bio >>

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