Personnel includes: Boots Riley, Pam The Funkstress, Keith McArthur.
Producers include: Boots Riley, Pam The Funktsress.
The Coup: Boots Riley (rap vocals, piano, synthesizer); Pam The Funktress (DJ).
Additional personnel includes: Del The Funky Homosapien (rap vocals);
Michael Aaberg (various instruments).
Producers include: Pam The Funktress, Boots Riley, Edifice, Brother K, Michael Aaberg.
Principally recorded at The Grill, Oakland, California.
Personnel: Del the Funky Homosapien (vocals); Keith McArthur (guitar, keyboards); Jay Bowman (guitar, synthesizer); Jacob Margulis-Kessel, Jason Moss, Bernard Williams, David Byrd (guitar); Sarah Kaieolani Voynow (harp); Carl Green (saxophone); Mike Rinta (trumpet); Richard Tasby (trombone); Michael Aauberg (piano, grand piano, electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Boots Riley (piano, synthesizer); Fletch, Zack, Tara Montgomery, Valerie (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Lev.
Recording information: Hyde Street Studios; The Grill, Oakland, CA.
In 1998, Oakland's the Coup dropped their third effort, STEAL THIS ALBUM, an overt reference to Abbie Hoffman's STEAL THIS BOOK, and a good indication of the politically minded, anti-capitalist content found within. "The Shipment" begins on a high note, with a loose retro-funk backing up Boots Riley's superficially light-hearted sing-song rap, one that invites deeper inspection with such lines as "I slang rocks/but Palestinian style." The epic seven-minute "Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night" weaves a near Dylan-worthy yarn of a street urchin's existence through the years. Del tha Funkee Homosapien lends his talents on one track as does former member E-Roc. Generally considered the Coup's finest record, STEAL also saw re-release in 2002 as STEAL THIS DOUBLE ALBUM, including two extra tracks and a separate live disc.
Rolling Stone (2/4/99, pp.61-62) - "...a masterpiece of slow-rolling West Coast funk, Boots' rhymes are political, personal and funny all at the same time..."
Q (7/00, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Offers a pithy call to arms underpinned by socialism...and pin-sharp focus on inner-city issues....All they need now is the leather and firearms [i.e.- The Black Panthers]..."
Uncut (3/00, p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Defiant, funny and frenetic....STEAL THIS ALBUM reasserts rap's political conscience in swaggering style..."
The Wire (2/00, p.57) - "...A shockingly lush record from guerilla operatives..."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/00, p.99) - "...Forces to be reckoned with in what is admittedly the increasingly deserted arena of political hip hop....An early contender for rap album of the year."