Oakland’s provocative funk/hip-hop group The Coup, and frontman Boots Riley, shift seamlessly between revolutionary lyrics and cleverly-funny word play, often in the same song. Their instrumental skills, breadth of influences, and overall intelligence have made The Coup one of the most acclaimed conscious hip-hop acts of the last quarter century — and a personal favorite of KCSB producer and host Ted Coe.
Monday’s Presidents’ Day edition of Coe’s “The Freak Power Ticket” (11am-12noon PST) will profile the radical collective (who are fittingly associated with the East Coast rap duo Dead Prez). This Friday, February 20th, The Coup will perform in UCSB’s intimate MultiCultural Center Theater starting at 8pm sharp (tickets are on sale HERE, and at the Associated Students Cashiers and Ticket Office).
Coe writes, “Today’s broadcast takes on an added significance as The Coup’s area appearance was recently threatened by the University’s insurer refusing to indemnify the proceedings —and by an initial unwillingness of UCSB higher-ups to waive that added requirement.
Once this racialized, anti-rap music scandal was made public via The Coup’s social media, an outcry by students, faculty, staff, and fans of the group helped reverse that decision rather quickly. Insurance waivers are not uncommon on campus, and in this case should not at all be surprising, given the group’s spotless performance history.”
Formed in the early 1990s, The Coup and Riley’s roots in anti-racist activism, labor organizing, and the Occupy movement bring a real urgency to their six albums worth of material. Coe’s playlist and commentary will shed light on the impressive range of this ensemble, highlighting musical side projects (in several genres, including punk rock) and allied artists from around the globe.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the Winter from 11am-12noon PST.