Boots Riley â€“ The Coupâ€™s respected, outspoken MC â€“ is pleased to announce the arrival of CoupTV, the groupâ€™s very own You Tube channel. â€œWe have launched a new way to bring you the fight, the funk, and the fury,â€ Riley proclaimed. The channel can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/COUPTV.Counting Coup-related music videos, live performances, interviews, video articles, and comedy bits, the channel also has clips that go into depth about music production and writing. According to Boots, â€œIt will soon feature interviews, by me, of other artists as well as community and world figures. We will probably also have some sketch comedy â€“ We had a bunch already filmed that got burned up in the bus crash last year [December 2006]. Who knows where it’ll go from there?â€
Always known for pushing limits â€“ be it politically, spiritually or artistically â€“ Boots Riley again stretches his musical boundaries on the latest album by New Orleansâ€™ modern funk outfit GALACTIC. In support of his appearance on â€œHustle Up,â€ a signature track from that outfitâ€™s Anti- debut From The Corner To The Block, Boots will share the stage with the group this fall for a five week trek. Launching in Flagstaff, AZ on October 11th, the tour wraps November 18th at the Paradise in Boston.
The Coup â€“ steered by Oakland, CA-based Riley â€“ was behind the thought-provoking Epitaph album Pick A Bigger Weapon. Released in April 2006, the groupâ€™s fifth studio disc to date landed at or near the top of a number of criticâ€™s year-end lists that year and is now deemed a classic album of the hip-hop genre.
The Associated Press (#1), Rolling Stone (Top 50), Murder Dog (#2), The Chicago Tribune (#7), The Salt Lake Tribune (#4), The Onion AV Club (#8), and The Washington Post (#9) all bestowed their approval, with The Eastbay Express curiously dubbing it the â€œmost wrathful rock albumâ€ of 2006.
Touted as â€œthe best hip-hop act of the last decadeâ€ by Billboard, the New Yorker wrote â€œThe Coup remains one of the rap worldâ€™s great resources â€“ fearless, fierce and funny as hellâ€¦ a potent combination of leftist politics, revolutionary humanitarianism, and triumphant funk.â€
CoupTV is produced, directed, and edited by Vince Tocce. The graphic design and art direction are by Vince Tocce. â€œYou get the picture,â€ Riley explains. â€œVince Tocce hooked this muthafucka up. If you check it out, you’ll see that he’s done one helluva job.â€