The Coup's conscious West Coast bump is non-ignorant rap that won't blind you with bling. The group has four albums under its belt, including 2001's crucial Party Music
, which suggests that it is just reaching its stride. Frontman Boots Riley possesses the best Afro since Richard Roundtree, not to mention a potent, politically principled, poetic punch. Then there's DJ Pam the Funkstress, an icon of feminine turntablism. Add to that the group's jazz-funk band, rapper T-Kash, and singer Qween -- and the result is a collection of incendiary musical components that make the Coup one of hip-hop's best live acts.