Boots Riley

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Boots Riley

Boots Riley grew up in Oakland, Calif., and studied film at San Francisco State University before dropping out in favor of a major-label recording deal.

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Boots Riley

He put in two decades as leader of The Coup — a radical funk/punk/hip-hop band —  for whom he penned six albums to widespread critical acclaim, which were named pop album of the year by Washington Post and Associated Press and hip-hop album of the year by Rolling Stone. His book of lyrics and anecdotes, “Tell Homeland Security We Are the Bomb,” is out now on Haymarket Press. The Coup’s seventh, as yet unreleased album, “The Sun Exploding” is the soundtrack to “Sorry to Bother You.” New York Post says, “Boots Riley ranks as some kind of genius,” and Jeff Chang says, “he is one of the most influential poets and thinkers of this generation.” It is his hope to be a part of creating a new movement in film.