Editors’ Notes The problem with most political rappers is that they frequently alienate themselves from their audience by criticizing fellow rappers and talking down to them. The Coup’s Genocide & Juice took the opposite tact, as group leader Boots Riley included Bay Area gangsta rappers like Spice-1 and E-40 in his juicy criticisms of the capitalist system. “Hip 2 tha Skeme,” “Fat Cats, Bigga Fish,” and “The Name Game” refuse to differentiate between street culture and revolutionary theory. Within a few years rappers would be openly idolizing CEOs, but the sidesplitting and scathing “Pimps (Free Stylin’ at the Fortune 500)” is a more persuasive take on corporate culture.

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