Coup’s Boots Riley Shows His Reality & Advises How To Create Lasting Change (Video)
For nearly 25 years, The Coup’s Boots Riley has given Hip-Hop Heads the real—according to him. The Oakland, California revolution made popular subversive records like “My Favorite Mutiny,” “Fat Cats, Bigga Fish,” and “Dig It” through hard trusts against Funk grooves.
A new nine-minute, black-and-white documentary vignette looks at the man behind the music. How does an artist who has been outspokenly against capitalism treat a consumerist holiday like Christmas? How can an Oaktown O.G. interpret the changes of his community through gentrification? Drive around “the Turf” with Riley in his vintage Mercedes, see his living quarters, and process his Spoken Word rhymes without distraction in Mohammad Gorjestani’s revealing glimpse, part of “The Boombox Collection.”
“It’s always been said that a movement needs art. I think art needs a movement.” – Boots Riley