There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
When Kanye West blurted out “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on national television last year, the most stunning thing about his impromptu bombshell was that he, of all people, was the one to say it. After all, this was the same super-producer/rapper who threw a tizzy-fit when he didn’t win Best New Artist at the 2004 American Music Awards. The Coup’s Boots Riley, on the other hand, finds himself in the opposite situation: His audience expects agit-prop all the time. For much of the last decade, the Oakland MC has released a string of strident anthems and built a reputation for being willing to enliven any protest—whether it’s last year’s anti-war concert on the National Mall or a gig to benefit Taco Bell’s tomato pickers. But on its recently released P-Funk-style opus Pick a Bigger Weapon, the Coup shows that it isn’t all bombast all the time: “Ass-Breath Killers” showcases Riley’s formerly unseen light side; “My Favorite Mutiny” is downright nuanced. The Coup performs with Iselyfe, T-Kash, and Poem-Cees at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)