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The Coup – Party Music

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 1793

How many rappers from the US would describe themselves as socialists and advocate 'millions of people moving, organising and making something happen-a revolution'? Boots Riley of the anti-capitalist band The Coup has done just that. The Coup came to notoriety after the 11 September attacks in the US last year. The original cover of their latest album, Party Music, was a picture of Boots holding a detonator in front of the exploding Twin Towers.

Although this was designed a few months before the attacks, distributors refused to release the album. Party Music was finally released with a new cover. The album is a fantastic indictment of capitalism and racism, and a call for people to fight back against oppression.

The lyrics to 'Get Up' are, 'You gotta get up right now/Turn the system upside down/You s'posed to be fed up by now.' Other tracks include a song against top bosses, 'Five Million Ways to Kill a CEO', and 'Wear Clean Draws', an anti-sexist song.

The album notes sign off with, 'Thanks to all the organisers around the world for the hope you bring by building a movement that will eventually stop the legal thievery and murder that is called capitalism.'

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Wed 27 Mar 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1793
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