Album: Evil Empire (1996)

Songfacts®:

  • "Rodeo" refers to Rodeo Drive, a very upscale community in Los Angeles. The song is about how poor people need to direct their anger toward the upper class instead of killing themselves by destroying each other and their neighborhoods. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tim - Pittsburgh, PA
  • The line, "We Hungry But Them Belly Full" refers to the title of a song by Bob Marley and the Wailers which laments the nutritional injustices of class society.
  • The line mentioning Fred Hampton is a reference to the Charismatic leader of the radical Black Panther Party. Hampton was killed in a controversial FBI raid on the Black Panther headquarters in Chicago. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bob - Tokyo, Japan, for above 2

Comments: 7

  • Edward from Downey, Ca"Rolling down rodeo with a shotgun" sounds like he wants to put an end to all the continued discrimination that still goes on,especially in a so-called upper class areas like rodeo drive and bevely hills."These people ain't seen a brown skinned man since thier grandparents bought one" aounds like a continued segregation against black and browned skinned people, who are obviuosly looked down upon and chased off by white people who are ignorant .
  • Joey from North Barrington, IlI agree with Bert, the line is all too true.
  • Tat from Austin, TxI was told that Rodeo was a rich part of Californio and when zak refers to with a shot gun rolling down rown. Hes saying shoot the rich pricks and take the power back
  • Skylar from Tahlequah, Okone of the few racially fueled songs by RATM. about how anyone of dark complection be it, native american black mexican or a mix of them, is not a usual part of the upper class society
  • Chris from Las Vegas, United StatesSo now I'm rollin Down Rodeo with a Shotgun, these people ain't seen a brown skin man since their grandparents bought one. The message is pretty simply put I think.
  • Bert from Pueblo, Nm"Make a move and plead the fifth 'cause ya can't plead the first"
    Best freakin' line in any RATM song.
  • Tom from Northport, NyWhen they say "They ain't gonna send us campin' like they did my man Fred Hampton", Fred Hampton was one of the founders of the Black Panthers, who was killed in his apartment by Chicago Police
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