Japanther is featured on The Coup’s track “Long Island Iced Tea, Neat,” and they’ve just unleashed an awesome new stop-motion video for the song! You can check it out here, below.
“Long Island Iced Tea, Neat” is a result of post-show studio session involving The Coup frontman Boots Riley and Japanther’s Ian Vanek & Matt Reilly. Featured on The Coup’s Sorry To Bother You LP, the track was inspired by Riley’s experiences with Occupy Oakland– and the video celebrates the lives of Oscar Grant & Trayvon Martin, illustrating the social movements ignited by their respective deaths with protest photos, construction paper, skittles and glitter.
In sharing the track with the world, the artists had a few things they wanted to make clear: Boots Riley says: “1.The title is an inside joke. I would never order a Long Island Iced Tea. I like good Bourbon. 2. We stole the drum pattern from Turf Talk’s ‘It’s A Slumper’,” while Vanek adds that “it’s important to note that Japanther don’t condone violence against the police and we don’t drink Long Island Iced Tea. We believe in non violent protest through song.” (I guess we can all agree on the Long Island Iced Tea thing.)
The Coup feat. Japanther – “Long Island Iced Tea, Neat”
Directed & animated by Kelly Gallagher