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Music, Hear This The Coup

The Coup

For more than a decade and a half, Oakland's the Coup has been using hip-hop rooted in '70s funk and 808 trunk explosions to push its subversive, ultraleftist agenda. Providing a soundtrack and guide to Molotov cocktail partying, rapper Boots…
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Music, All Shook Down Weekend Pick #1: Everlasting B.A.S.S.

Weekend Pick #1: Everlasting B.A.S.S.

Let's hear it for female DJs. Specifically, the ladies of Everlasting B.A.S.S., the monthly at Poleng Lounge featuring residents Pam the Funkstress and DJ Zita. These women have reclaimed the night(club) and equalized hip-hop and dancehall's gender balance by spinning…
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Music, BeatBox Oscar G brings a box of beats all the way from Miami

Oscar G brings a box of beats all the way from Miami

The Oakland collective that calls itself DeeCee's Soul Shakedown frequently brings its cool vibe to S.F. via its lively events at venues such as DNA Lounge and Club Six, consistently hosting skilled local talent along with notable out-of-towners. As its…
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April Fools' parties are apparently passé, so promoters Red Wine and Fabric8 (an online boutique) have come up with a clever twist on this year's sort-of holiday by hosting a party called "4.1.5." Two nearby venues, 111 Minna Gallery and…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Suggested cover image for the Coup's next album: world peace East Bay hip hop act the Coup can foresee the future. That conclusion would at least explain the proposed cover for the group's new album, Party Music, its fourth. The…
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Music, Black Rage

Black Rage

The Coup -- probably the most radical hip hop group that's ever existed -- has dropped three brilliant albums on the world during the last 10 years. Public Enemy, the only other hip hop act that is consistently a thorn…
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