17 Songs, 2 Hours 20 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

An extended edition of the 1998 Coup album Steal This Album, Steal This Double Album is not quite like anything else from the landscape of late-'90s hip-hop. These 17 songs show group leader Boots Riley pushing his beats toward the sound of a live band—all the better to emphasize his vision of a political movement powered by human strength. His lyrics remain focused on a critique of the American capitalist system, but his concepts have become cleverer and more audacious. “Me and Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night” takes down capitalism, Christianity, and misogyny under the guise of a blaxploitation narrative.

EDITORS’ NOTES

An extended edition of the 1998 Coup album Steal This Album, Steal This Double Album is not quite like anything else from the landscape of late-'90s hip-hop. These 17 songs show group leader Boots Riley pushing his beats toward the sound of a live band—all the better to emphasize his vision of a political movement powered by human strength. His lyrics remain focused on a critique of the American capitalist system, but his concepts have become cleverer and more audacious. “Me and Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night” takes down capitalism, Christianity, and misogyny under the guise of a blaxploitation narrative.

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