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Steal This Double Album is the Coup's masterstroke, taking the advances of Genocide and Juice to the next level and coming up with one of the most underappreciated hip-hop albums of the '90s. Down to a duo, the Coup officially becomes a vehicle for Boots Riley's observations, which it mostly was already; still, there's a greater focus simply because of the fact that it's a product of one ambitious vision. Boots' impassioned political rhetoric is still in full-force, but the main strengths of Steal This Double Album are its fleshed-out characters and witty, detailed, image-rich storytelling that would do Slick Rick proud. Its intellectual and emotional depth come from Boots finding the humanity not only in his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Steal This Double Album is the Coup's masterstroke, taking the advances of Genocide and Juice to the next level and coming up with one of the most underappreciated hip-hop albums of the '90s. Down to a duo, the Coup officially becomes a vehicle for Boots Riley's observations, which it mostly was already; still, there's a greater focus simply because of the fact that it's a product of one ambitious vision. Boots' impassioned political rhetoric is still in full-force, but the main strengths of Steal This Double Album are its fleshed-out characters and witty, detailed, image-rich storytelling that would do Slick Rick proud. Its intellectual and emotional depth come from Boots finding the humanity not only in his ideology, but in a much-maligned class of people articulating their frustrations and analyzing the world they live in from both the inside and the outside. His flair for the dramatic reaches its apex on the seven-minute saga "Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night." It's a complex, cinematic story about a young man who loathes his father -- an abusive pimp who eventually beats his mother to death -- but can't help internalizing some of the same behavior. Equally touching is "Underdogs," a heartbreaking account of the everyday reality of poverty. Boots' ironic wit is all over the rest of the record. The dark-humored "Breathing Apparatus" finds a gunshot victim with no health insurance pleading with his friend not to let doctors pull the plug. Elsewhere, the Coup's "Repo Man," from their Genocide and Juice and Steal This Album LPs returns in the person of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien on "The Repo Man Sings for You"; and Boots acts out a gleefully provocative fantasy on record, anyway with "Piss on Your Grave," which concerns slave owner George Washington. The whole album is strikingly consistent, managing to be smart, funny, touching, and funky all at once; it's nothing short of brilliant. [Like the Coup's first two albums, Steal This Album went out of print rather quickly; it was later reissued as Steal This Double Album
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Foad
  • UPC: 804454460027
  • Catalog Number: 4600
  • Sales rank: 78,939

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Shipment (4:27)
  2. 2 Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night (7:10)
  3. 3 20,000 Gun Salute (3:59)
  4. 4 Busterismology (5:02)
  5. 5 Cars and Shoes (4:38)
  6. 6 Breathing Apparatus (4:27)
  7. 7 U.C.P.A.S. - F.T.S. (4:20)
  8. 8 Pizza Man (Skit) (0:30)
  9. 9 The Repo Man Sings for You (4:26)
  10. 10 Underdogs (6:07)
  11. 11 Sneakin' In (1:40)
  12. 12 Do My Thang (Skit) (2:56)
  13. 13 Piss on Your Grave (5:27)
  14. 14 Fixation (4:01)
  15. 15 What the Po-Pos Hate (3:43)
  16. 16 Swervin (3:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Live Performance (73:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Coup Primary Artist
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien Vocals
Carl Green Saxophone
Elijah Baker Bass
David Byrd Guitar
Zack Background Vocals
Keith McArthur Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Fletch Background Vocals
Jason Moss Guitar
Michael Aauberg Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Piano (Grand)
Jacob Margulis-Kessel Guitar
Kamilah Bolling Voices
Jay Bowman Synthesizer, Guitar
Reginald Brown Bass, Voices
Tara Montgomery Background Vocals
Sarah Kaieolani Voynow Harp
Emily Watson Voices
Richard Tasby Trombone
Valerie Background Vocals
Boots Riley Synthesizer, Piano
Mike Rinta Trumpet
Bernard Williams Guitar, Soloist
Technical Credits
Matt Kelley Engineer
Michael Aauberg Producer, Instrumentation
Lev Producer, Engineer
Boots Riley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOT CD! A MUST-HAVE!

    This is indeed a classic CD that must be had by any conscious hip hop head who wants to hear the truth. It is indeed entertaining yet informative in every way. I'm so glad to have this CD as part of my collection. I now have all of the Coup's CDs and I have been truly enlightened and empowered by what I have heard. This is a highly recommended CD if you don't have the original copy of the first album. I'm glad they re-released this one. Keep up the good work Boots and Pam!

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