The Sorry To Bother You manuscript has undergone mutations since its inception in 2012, as both concept album and short story published by McSweeney's. The Coup, and namely frontman Boots Riley, have been steadfastly communist and anti-capitalist for well over twenty years. Riley's decision to re-adapt his Sorry To Bother You manuscript into a screenplay was met with some political skepticism. But even a staunch anti-capitalist must venture inside without radiation gear, as Riley chose to do by widening the distribution of his film.
Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack isn't merely a 35-minute communist exposé, but most of the players are known dissidents. Killer Mike who appears on "Monsoon," is a rightful defender of the 2nd amendment. In the interest of causing real rebellion, the right to bear arms becomes centrifugal, even as The Coup and Killer Mike sit diametrically opposed on U.S. policy.
Janelle Monáe is herself a known dissident for disobeying gender norms as she sees fit. The rest of the integrated pack, helps illuminate Boots Riley's vision of a surrealist dystopia in Oakland, but truth be told the tech boom and its effect on housing are just as harrowing in real life. Thanks to Riley's extensive black book, Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack outperforms its modest expectations.
Go and see that film folks.