When was Boots Riley born? Boots Riley was born on April 1.
The Coup frontman Boots Riley was born Raymond Lawrence Riley in Chicago in 1971. He got his start in political organizing while attending Oakland High in the 1980s and became a recording artist in the early ’90s known for laidback West Coast Funk, from an activist’s point of view.
In addition to rap, he is also a movie director and screenwriter. His debut film Sorry to Bother You was based on his time as a telemarketer. The 2018 film was a surprise hit and stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, and Omari Hardwick.