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The Coup @ the Sco

Yeah, I know it's a week later.
The night featured several hip-hop groups and rappers from New Orleans, who opened for the Coup, and they varied in their levels of excellence.

To keep it brief:

Truth Universal were by far the best non-Coup performers
(Their myspace)
GPC didn't impress me nearly as much, but they were also pretty good.
(Their myspace)
Soapbox was not the greatest....
(Their myspace)

Onto the Coup:

They began their set without note, and throughout the show Boots Riley was hesitant to speak beyond his rapping, something I hadn't expected. The room was packed and hot, and while the music ensured a connection between band and audience, Riley made little attempt to connect with the mostly white audience. Silk E, filling in for DJ Pam the Funkstress (not even a member of the Coup) was by far the most charismatic of the group, getting the crowd to laugh by mentioning her high heels. Her efforts made "ShoYoAss" and "Baby Let's Have A Baby Before Bush Do Somethin' Crazy" some of the highlights of the night. "My Favorite Mutiny" was a little sad, because on the verse where Boots Riley raps was performed. "We Are the Ones" was Boots Riley at his best, along with "Get that Monkey Off Your Back" and "5 Million Ways to Kill A CEO." In any case, the concert warranted several re-listenings of Pick A Bigger Weapon, which rivals St. Elsewhere as my favorite hip-hop album released last year.

The Coup - My Favorite Mutiny

The Coup - We Are The Ones
The Coup - Baby Let's Have A Baby Before Bush Do Somethin' Crazy

The Coup's website/myspace
Silk E's myspace
(Buy Pick A Bigger Weapon from Amazon and/or emusic)

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