Party Music

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Party Music
The Coup Party Music.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 2001 (2001-11-06)
Genre
Length53:18
Label75 Ark
ProducerBoots Riley, Tahir
The Coup chronology
Steal This Album
(1998)
Party Music
(2001)
Pick a Bigger Weapon
(2006)
Originally intended cover
TheCoupCoverLarge.jpg
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Alternative Press8/10[3]
Blender[4]
The Guardian[5]
Pitchfork7.9/10[6]
Spin9/10[7]
The Village VoiceA[8]

Party Music is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group The Coup. It was originally released on 75 Ark on November 6, 2001. It was re-released on Epitaph Records in 2004.

Album cover controversy[edit]

The original cover of the album, created in June 2001 depicted Boots Riley and Pam the Funkstress destroying the twin towers of the World Trade Center using what appeared to be a detonator.[9] The apparent detonator was actually an electronic tuner. The album was originally scheduled for release in September of that year, but after the September 11 attacks, the band decided to postpone the album’s release until November, so they could create new cover art.[10]

In an interview with Seattle newspaper The Stranger, Boots Riley spoke about his fight to keep the album cover following the events of September 11:

There's been a whitewash in the media over the past couple days over what the U.S.'s role in the world is, and the fact that they kill hundreds of thousands of people per year to protect profit. Now how can I get to the point where I could be saying that on the world stage, and interrupt the lies that CBS, CNN, NBC, and everyone is saying? In my view, that [would be] by keeping the cover. Not because I think by looking at the cover you get all of this message that I'm telling you, but as a way to have a platform to interrupt the stream of lies that are being told right now.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85 based on 11 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[1]

Spin included it on the "20 Best Albums of 2001" list.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Everythang"3:52
2."5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O."5:26
3."Wear Clean Draws"4:51
4."Ghetto Manifesto" (featuring T-Kash)6:20
5."Get Up" (featuring Dead Prez)4:02
6."Tight"3:12
7."Ride the Fence"3:43
8."Nowalaters"4:42
9."Pork and Beef" (featuring T-Kash)4:00
10."Heven Tonite"3:51
11."Thought About It 2"4:38
12."Lazymuthafucka"4:41

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

The Coup

Additional musicians

  • Mike Tiger – synthesizer (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11), clavinet (3, 7, 8, 11), piano (4, 6, 8, 10, 12), keyboard bass (9, 12), organ (12)
  • David James – guitar (1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
  • Martin Luther – vocals (2, 3, 5, 11)
  • Elijah Hassan – bass guitar (2, 4, 7, 10)
  • Guy Hubbard – whistle (3)
  • Keith McArthur – bass guitar (3, 8)
  • T-Kash – vocals (4, 9)
  • Alisha Calhoun – violin (4)
  • M1 – vocals (5)
  • Stick – vocals (5)
  • Tahir – keyboards (5), drum programming (5), production (5)
  • Lenon Honor – vocals (6, 12)
  • Funkyman – vocals (6, 7)
  • Keneice – vocals (8, 10)
  • Josh Jones – congas (10), bells (10)

Technical personnel

  • Bob Brown – recording
  • Matt Kelley – recording, mixing
  • Tony Dawsey – mastering
  • Victor Hall – cover image
  • Brandon Arnovick – package design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Party Music by The Coup". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Party Music – The Coup". AllMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Coup: Party Music". Alternative Press (159): 91. October 2001.
  4. ^ Mao, Chairman. "The Coup: Party Music". Blender. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (November 16, 2001). "The Coup: Party Music (Tommy Boy/75 Ark)". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Pecoraro, David M. (January 3, 2002). "The Coup: Party Music". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Clover, Joshua (October 2001). "The Coup: Party Music". Spin. 17 (10): 125. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 20, 2001). "Consumer Guide: Salaam". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Album cover of WTC blast pulled". cnn.com. September 13, 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  10. ^ Glasner, Joanna (September 13, 2001). "Eerie Image Pulled From CD". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  11. ^ Goedde, Brian (September 20, 2001). "The Coup's Bomb". The Stranger. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  12. ^ "The 20 Best Albums of 2001: The Coup, Party Music (75 Ark)". Spin. December 31, 2001. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

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