The Crocodile & ReignCity Present
Saturday Nov 17
8:00PM | All Ages+Bar | $15 Adv.
- Hi Life Sound System
- Kung Foo Grip
Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland's Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer, but later switched from a clipboard to the microphone, forming the Coup with rapper E-Roc. Pam the Funkstress, the first female DJ star in the famously competitive Bay Area turntablist scene, later signed on.
As a producer and lyricist, Boots Riley has crafted critically acclaimed albums for The Coup that have graced the year-end Top 10 lists of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and more. They have also received “Album of the Year” honors from The Washington Post, Time Out New York, while Billboard Magazine declared the group “the best hip-hop act of the past decade.” Born in Chicago and raised in East Oakland’s Funktown neighborhood, Boots became a teenage community organizer. From his history of student organizing in Oakland’s public schools, serving on the central committee for the Progressive Labor Party, being the President of Youth InCar (Youth International Committee Against Racism), organizing to build California’s Anti-Racist Farm Workers’ Union, to developing “guerrilla hip hop concerts” (mobile concerts on flatbed trucks), Boots Riley has been an integral part of the progressive struggle for radical change through culture.
The Coup's most recent album, Pick A Bigger Weapon, kicks off with a classic Boots Riley line — "I'm a walking contradiction/Like bullets and love mixin'…" —and then it just gets better. After a 16-year career that has defined the word "uncompromising", the Coup returned armed with bigger funk and taller tales. Backed by a stellar recording band that includes Audioslave's Tom Morello, Dwayne Wiggins, and veterans of Parliament-Funkadelic, the Gap Band, Toni! Tony! Toné!, Jesse Johnson, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, the sound is a little edgier on this record and the beats a little faster." The Coup's uniquely bent grooves point to "Dirty Mind"-era Prince, late-80s Too Short, and the trunkrattling hyphy sonics of the New Bay movement.
:: HI LIFE SOUND SYSTEM ::
At a time when Seattle’s explosive hip-hop scene continues to expand in various directions, there’s a highly animated new music group that’s eager to push those boundaries even further. Hi-Life Soundsystem, comprised of talented emcees Khingz and B-Flat, are two of Seattle’s hardest working, yet often under appreciated rap figures, that have banded together to create 15 clever songs that nobody would expect from either one of them. The group is anchored by ace producer, Crispy, who handles the beats on every track and helps to make Hi-Life one of the freshest West Coast groups to fully emerge in 2011.
Khingz is known to many in the Northwest for his poignant lyrics regarding topics that most rappers won’t touch and for his high energy shows either as a solo or as one half of Abyssinian Creole. Part of the reason he was voted Seattle Weekly’s rapper of of the year in 2009 is because he can routinely record songs that school teachers and gang members can like at the same time. As for the West Seattle-based B-Flat, he’s routinely recognized by his musician peers for his clever word play and dominating stage presence within the group Godspeed. He’s the epitome of a blue collar, working man’s emcee that grinds hard during a 9 to 5, can out-rap most of the lyricists in this region as a mere hobby, and then goes home to be a dad which is what he prides himself on the most.
As a group, Hi-Life Soundsystem have arrived with their debut album, Death of The Party, to shake things up and remind folks to walk like a boss (even if you’re a janitor) and groove like it’s the G-Funk era all over again. As they’ve stated:
“The Hi-Life is about real stand up dudes who simply want to enjoy life. It’s about living it up but that doesn’t always mean spending money and hanging with morally ambiguous women. It means knowing what you stand for and not bending on it. As well as remembering that life is worth living when your living it well.”