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The Core Curriculum

“Fat Cats, Bigga Fish” by The Coup, 1994.

Boots Riley/The Coup. “Fat Cats, Bigga Fish.” Genocide & Juice. Wild Pitch/EMI Records, 1994. Video directed by Andrei Rozen.

Since 1991, self-identified communist Boots Riley has been communicating revolutionary ideology through hip hop. Black-and-white footage of the group hustling through the city streets is a playful take on the conventional aesthetics of early ‘90s gangsta rap videos, but the ending is pure Marxist critique. How has the emcee “been getting hustled knowing only half the game”?