It's not Rage, nor is it the Coup. It's grunge hop for angsty teenagers trying to get up in the club
Boots Riley is from Oakland, CA, a city at war. Since the violent shooting of a young black man, Oscar Grant III, on New Years, the city has begun shooting back, leaving four officers dead in one shootout. It's the kind of shock turmoil that takes focus off a suffering Oakland education system budgeting a $26 million deficit and 250 employee layoffs.
So what does Boots Riley have to say about all this injustice?
What is Tom Morello feeling about the world today?
What if these two revolutionaries got together to get us fed up with the system again?
Street Sweeper Social Club is Tom Morello and Boots Riley making music for Warner Bros. Naturally, its watered down as fuck.
It’s revolutionary party jams. It’s got huge steamroller riffs combined with depth, charge, funk, while Boots unloads clip after clip of incendiary rhymes rich with satire and venom.
This is a time when the working class is being fleeced left and right. More families will be homeless and more people will be jobless. They’ll need something to listen to on their ipods while storming Wall Street.
Why the fuck is the working class trying to party? I actually saw a homeless man with an iPod so I won't pretend like Boots' statement isn't the most ridiculous idea since the Snuggie.
I have yet to hear all of these “revolutionary party jams,” but if “Fight! Smash! Win!” is any indication, I'd rather not line-up outside club Mutinous with a fake I.D. toting militia. Judging from the track listing, its not getting any better.
Street Sweeper Social Club track list
01 Fight! Smash! Win!
02 100 Little Curses
03 The Oath
04 The Squeeze
05 Clap For The Killers
06 Somewhere In the World It’s Midnight
07 Shock You Again
08 Good Morning, Mrs. Smith
11 Nobody Moves (Til We Say Go)
Street Sweeper Social Club is out June 16.