The Coup is fronted by musician, writer and activist Boots Riley. Live, the renowned performer is backed by a high energy band.
The Coup are currently working on the follow up to their 2006 Anti-Records release Pick A Better Weapon, which inspired Billboard to herald them as "the best hip-hop act of the last decade" and the New Yorker to state, "The Coup remains one of the rap world's great resources - fearless, fierce and funny as hell... a potent combination of leftist politics, revolutionary humanitarianism, and triumphant funk."
The Coup is:
Boots Riley: Lyrics, Vocals, Production, Handclaps, Dancin and Keyboard tweeks Pam The Funkstress: Scratches and Poplocking Silk-E: Vocals and gettin her muthafuckin gig on B'nai Rebelfront: Guitar and "not a damn thing else" J.J. Jungle: Bass, Backflips, and Spins Hassan Hurd: Drums and football LJ: Organ and other keys
What they say about The Coup's live show:
Austin American-Statesman: "The Coup isn't a rock 'n' roll band. It's a hip-hop band. But they are a miracle of everyday life and proved it at Emo's on Saturday night. I have no idea when the Coup turned into one of the best bands on the planet, but here we are."
SmokingSection.com: "Every time I see them they rock progressively harder...the whole house [was] going buck, even the cranky-ass security guard...crazy stage presence."
San Jose Mercury/ Oakland Tribune: "I'd be surprised if I see anything at Outside Lands that impresses me more than the Coup's set. It's always the same deal with this East Bay troupe, led by genius rapper Boots Riley. Whether they are playing Coachella or Rock the Bells or, now, Outside, they always seem to outshine the competition."
Pitchfork.com: "Silk E sings and struts like Tina Turner raised on hip-hop."
Los Angeles Times: "Considerable musical chops... The Coup throws one fine party."
Punknews.com: "Incendiary... live instrumentation to challenge even the wildest rock music."