The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

40. The Coup "Fat Cats Bigga Fish" (1994)

Album: Genocide & Juice
Producer: Boots Riley
Label: Wild Pitch Records

The Coup's 1994 album Genocide & Juice mixed the razor-sharp wit and political acumen of groups like Public Enemy with production closer in spirit to the g-funk movement that had taken over the West Coast at the time. Album cut "Fat Cats, Bigga Fish" finds group leader Boots Riley broke, miserable, and desperate for a come-up. He spots a mark that looks like a cash cow and attacks, coming away with a boatload of money and credit cards. Newly rich and running in circles with the upper echelon, he quickly becomes aware of the sneaky political wheeling and dealing that creates the inner city poverty he'd suffered through his life as he overhears his city's mayor putting together a plot to flip low income housing into expensive condominiums. It's then that he realizes that for all his skill at hustling, he's just another mark too.

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