“Every line of Boots Riley’s work brims with the grit of the underdog, burns with rage, wit, and tenderness. It’s no secret he is one of the most influential poets and thinkers of this generation.” —Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Provocative and prolific, Oakland’s own Boots Riley has written lyrics as the front man of underground favorites The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, and as a solo artist, for more than two decades. An activist, educator, and emcee, Riley’s singular lyrical stylings combine hip-hop poetics, radical politics, and wry humor with Bay Area swag. Tonight, Litquake proudly presents the Bay Area launch of his new book Tell Homeland Security—We Are The Bomb, which brings together his songs, commentary, and backstories. Boots will be joined by W. Kamau Bell and Adam Mansbach in a conversation about the intersection of art and politics. Book sales and signings to follow. Doors open at 7 pm.