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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B008Y1S3WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Magic Clap - 3:12
2. Strange Arithmetic - 4:05
3. Your Parents' Cocaine - 2:32
4. The Gods of Science - 3:06
5. My Murder, My Love - 3:32
6. You Are Not A Riot (An RSVP from David Siquieros to Andy Warhol) - 3:14
7. Land of 7 Billion Dances - 3:15
8. Violet - 4:34
9. This Year - 4:04
10. We've Got A Lot To Teach You, Cassius Green - 4:42
11. Long Island Iced Tea, Neat - 2:04
12. The Guillotine - 4:42
13. WAVIP - 3:06

Editorial Reviews

The Coup consists of vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley accompanied by a versatile cadre of musicians, with guests including Anti-Flag, Das Racist, Killer Mike, Vernon Reid, Jolie Holland, and Joe Henry. With this eclectic guest list, The Coup have created an album that merges danceable beats, punk urgency and the astute social commentary of hip-hop to craft a refreshingly unique sound that draws from the past but never sounds anything but futuristic.

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One of the best albums of the year.
G. Stanners
If you are a fan of experimental music in general, you, too, will enjoy this record.
G. Love
Solid all the way through, Boots is in fine form, maintaining his indignation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maltese on November 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's been six years since The Coup's last studio album; Boots Riley spent a good chunk of the intervening period fronting Street Sweeper Social Club alongside Tom Morello, and it's hard to escape the feeling that experience was a big influence on this album.

The laid-back, funky synth that carried 2006's 'Pick a Bigger Weapon' is mostly absent on 'Sorry to Bother You,' replaced by much more energetic guitars and other instrumental backing. Boots' lyrics are more energetic too: the personal/social commentary from 'Weapon' (ex: Laugh/Love, Tiffany Hall, The Stand) has given way to the expressly political language of the Occupy movement (Magic Clap, Strange Arithmetic, The Guillotine.) It's not realistic to expect good artists to make the same album over and over again, but folks who've had 'Weapon' in rotation the last few years may find the difference jarring.

Sticking with the comparison is a bit of a disservice to 'Sorry to Bother You,' because it's a solid album in its own right. The first five tracks move quickly and are probably what every review that says this album is 'more danceable' is talking about. After that things start to get a lot more experimental. 'You Are Not a Riot' is a critique of artists that adopt the iconography of revolution without its substance, over a minimalist guitar track that second wave punk fans might recognize. 'Cassius Green' has Boots grappling with commercial success, and is less rap than it is a poetry. It's an interesting listen, even if it probably won't all work for you.

In sum, there aren't that many innovative artists making hip hop records, and The Coup are still among them. This album's worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William L. Nienaber on November 18, 2012
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I'm a relative newcomer to the hip hop genre, and honestly the Coup's "Pick a Bigger Weapon" was one of my introductory albums. Like that offering, this newest collection offers plenty of satirical and biting social commentary, backed by excellent musical compositions, most in the rap/hip hop tradition, but the R&B/soul genre is also beautifully represented here. These guys are fantastic musicians, and I must say Pam the Funkstress has a beautiful voice. But for me, the real standout item with the Coup is their deliciously satirical lyrics. They're angry and they know exactly how to let the world know it in a playful, yet quite direct fashion. My personal favorites from this collection are Strange Arithmetic (a brilliant critique of our education system), Your Parents' Cocaine (equally brilliant lampoon of the ultra-privileged in our society), You Are Not a Riot (a commentary on half-hearted activism?), and The Guillotine, which is possibly my favorite on the album, possibly my favorite song ever. There is also a spectacular video of this song that you should definitely check out. I give this beautiful album my highest recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Stanners on December 12, 2012
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Boots is a lyrical genius, Silk E has a voice reminiscent of vintage Tina Turner. One of the best albums of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aaron solle on January 3, 2013
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The Coup have been maturing their sound ever since they broke onto the scene. There's a lot of live instrumentation (or at least, it sounds like live instrumentation), so their rap sound is not what it once was. It's definitely "poppier" and more "catchy" than their other albums. That being said, the content is still very much the Coup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reg Noms on November 23, 2012
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They nailed it this time, and about every other time. This is impressive, it's musically all over the place, yet so cohesive. PERFECT!
It's political, sure, but so deep otherwise and not preachy. Likely the best LP of 2012 for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By darkrider1 on November 23, 2012
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The coup never ceases to amaze me, they are so creative, I could listen to this cd allday, it has funky live instrumentation over cool poetic lyrics, boots riley puts it down on all his albums even street sweeper social club, I wish music like this could be supported in the mainstream.
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By Bruce Carey on March 13, 2014
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It was great fun listening to this CD. Boots is a very conscience individual with good lyrics and beats. Better than anything coming out of mainstream rap that is hyped by live nation and it's stable of artist that are over hyped, paid (concert tickets) and fed to mass radio and marketed to sheep.
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By Torence Johnson on February 28, 2014
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Best CD I've bought in 4EVER! Although I don't agree with some of his ideas, Boots Riley is a lyrical genius.
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