Rage Against The Machine – Renegades Of Funk [2000]

I never paid much attention to RATM after their first album, I found Battle for Los Angeles to be a bit… heavy if you get my meaning and Renegades ive never even heard. However, this track in its single form got plenty of play in my neck of the woods. Its a huge behemoth of Breakbeat Hip Hop driven rock madness with Zac De La Rocha touting some chuffin excellent name checks and lyrics behind the maelstrom.

Believe it or not, its actually a cover of Africa Bambaataa’s Renegades of Funk and if you give it a listen you’ll catch all the nods and wry nudges to the original but I have to hand it to the guys, they dragged it kicking and screaming into the 2000’s.

Africa Bambaataa – Renegades of Funk

Came courtesy of Anne Marie who dropped this on her profile and i’d forgotten how much I love it.

From Wikipedia
“Renegades of Funk” is a song written by Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller & John Robie and recorded by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force. Released in 1983 as a single on the Tommy Boy label, it was also included on the 1986 album Planet Rock: The Album. The song is an eclectic fusion of electronic music and heavy percussion, with politically fused rap lyrics that draw a connection between past revolutionaries and bohemians to present day street artists. It was produced and mixed by Arthur Baker and John Robie. Mastering was by Herb Powers Jr. It was not until 1986 until the song appeared on Planet Rock: the Album.

In 2000, Rage Against the Machine recorded the song on its cover album Renegades. The group played it live for the first time at its reunion show at Coachella 2007. The music video directed by Steven Murashige was a montage of film stock-footage clips, as the band had broken up when the video was released.[1] The montage consists mostly of funk and hip-hop music and events of the Civil Rights movements, interspersed with live footage of the Los Angeles Phantom Street Artist Joey Krebs spray-painting his infamous Outline Silhouettes of Figures mixed with media stills of individuals the song implies are renegades:

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