Coup – Kill My Landlord (Wild Pitch)
Highlights: “Dig It,” “Not Yet Free,” “Funk,” "Kill My Landlord"
Only The Coup could open their album with rhymes about reading the Communist Manifesto. The political overtones in their music remained consistent throughout the years, but the quality didn’t, and thus they were swept under the rug of hip-hop history, remembered more by rap nerds than CD purchasers.
Boots Riley produced all of Kill My Landlord and provided the vocals, while DJ Pam the Funkstress laid the scratches and E-Roc did backup vocals. The album comments on everything from gangster posturing, to the ills of capitalism, to the threats of organized religion. Boots was about that political life even after The Coup disbanded, continuing to support community activists in Oakland, especially the Young Comrades. With the swing of Brand Nubian and the production quality of Tribe, Kill My Landlord reminds us that rap used to address bigger problems while staying funky as ever.
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