Steal This Album (The Coup album)

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This article is about the album by The Coup. For the album by System of a Down, see Steal This Album!.
Steal This Album
Studio album by The Coup
Released November 10, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre West Coast hip hop, political hip hop
Length 59:08
Label Dogday Records
Producer Boots Riley
DJ Pam the Funkstress
Brother K
The Coup chronology
Genocide & Juice
Steal This Album
Party Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews 9/10 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A)[3]

Steal This Album is the third studio album by Oakland hip hop duo The Coup, released four years after their second album Genocide & Juice. It is a homage to 1960s-1980s radical Abbie Hoffman's Steal This Book. The album became the group's most critically successful release, and is widely considered to be their best album.[citation needed]

Steal This Album features the group's signature sound, funky live-instrumentation production and socially conscious, political lyrics delivered in a humorous, satirical manner. It features the single "Me & Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night", a seven+ minute storytelling track.

The album was re-released in 2002 as Steal This Double Album, which featured two bonus tracks: "What the Po-Po's Hate" and "Swervin'", and a bonus disc featuring over 70 minutes of live performance footage.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer Performer
1 "The Shipment" Boots Riley, DJ Pam the Funkstress Boots Riley
2 "Me & Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night" Boots Riley Boots Riley
3 "20,000 Gun Salute" Boots Riley Boots Riley
4 "Busterismology" Boots Riley Boots Riley
5 "Cars & Shoes" Boots Riley, DJ Pam the Funkstress Boots Riley
6 "Breathing Apparatus" Boots Riley Boots Riley, E-Roc
7 "U.C.P.A.S." Edifice, Boots Riley Boots Riley, Vexx, Clap
8 "Pizza Man (Skit)" - *Interlude*
9 "The Repo Man Sings for You" Boots Riley Boots Riley, Del tha Funkee Homosapien
10 "Underdogs" Boots Riley Boots Riley
11 "Sneakin' In" Boots Riley Boots Riley
12 "Do My Thang (Skit)" - -
13 "Piss on Your Grave" Boots Riley Boots Riley
14 "Fixation" Brother K Boots Riley

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 37
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 51


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Steal This Album - The Coup". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Doggett, Tom (February 22, 2005). "The Coup :: Steal This Double Album :: Foad Records/Revolver USA". RapReviews. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: The Coup".