The Coup is a hip-hop group. Based in Oakland, California, the Coup formed as a three-member group in 1990 with rappersRaymond"Boots"Riley
andE-Roc along with DJ Pam the Funkstress. E-Roc left on amicable terms after the group's second album,and The Coup is now aduo.
The Coup, politically radical in their music, align themselves with other radical hip-hop groups like Dead Prez. Their music
ischaracterizedbyelectronicsounds and bass-driven backbeats overlaid by humorous, cynical and sometimes violent lyricscriticizing
capitalism,Americanpolitics, prostitution, andpolice brutality, among other things.