KCSB-FM staffers (from L-R) Matt Merritt, Yibing Guo, Ted Coe, & Joaquin Peres, with Boots Riley of The Coup (2nd from left): Friday, Feb. 20 at UCSB - CLICK TO ENLARGE.

KCSB-FM staffers (from L-R) Matt Merritt, Yibing Guo, Ted Coe, & Joaquin Peres, with Boots Riley of The Coup (2nd from left): Friday, Feb. 20 at UCSB – CLICK TO ENLARGE.

On Friday, February 20th, 2015, “The Freak Power Ticket”’s producer / host Ted Coe sat down with frontman Boots Riley of Street Sweeper Social Club and The Coup, the provocative funk / hip-hop group from Oakland, California, before the latter group’s sensational live performance at the UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater (which aired later that same evening on KCSB-FM).

Riley is gifted at shifting seamlessly between revolutionary lyrics and cleverly-funny word play, often in the same song, while The Coup’s instrumental skills, breadth of influences, and overall intelligence have made them one of the most acclaimed conscious hip-hop acts of the last quarter century.

Boots Riley’s roots in anti-racist activism, labor organizing, and the Occupy movement bring urgency to The Coup’s six albums worth of material. Part one of his lengthy interview with Coe, which will be broadcast during today’s hourlong program, focuses on his writing process, political inspirations, breadth of musical interests, creative collaborations, and cinematic influences.

Tune in this morning from 11am-12noon PDT to hear that conversation, and some musical selections too.

“Keep it locked right there.”