This is a tribute to various revolutionary American leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
The pioneering rap group Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force wrote this song and were the first to record it. They released it as a single in 1983.
This was the first single from Renegades, which also contains covers of songs by The Stooges, The Rolling Stones, MC5, and Devo.
This was released on election day: November 7, 2000. George W. Bush was the winner, giving the band much more to rage against.
The radio version is shorter than the CD version, running 3:46 vs. 4:35.
One of the foremost innovators of funk music, George Clinton, was asked during a Reddit AMA what he thought of this song. He replied: "Rage Against the Machine is definitely a rock band that can play hip-hop on instruments live. So when they are funky they sound like Super Stupid, that era of Funkadelic. They bad."
Luke from Manchester, UkKira, Zack got on well with the rest of RATM, they were all friends until the last year or so.
Lilyibanez from Los Angeles, CaNo matter what Sarah Palin says, or Time Magazine for that matter, she is NOT a renegade.
Kyle from George Town, Cayman IslandsThis is the only song by Rage Against The Machine even though this is by Afrika Bambatta that u can dance to.
Erik from Brownwood , Txrenegades are the people with their own philosophies who change the course of history. everyday people like you and me.
Kira from Bonita Springs, FlRage Against the Machine rocks! i love them so much and the lead singer didnt even get along with the rest of the band all that well but they still made great music and Renegades of Funk is my favorite song by them
Jorge from Codoba, South AmericaJamie Jay you got the lyrics all wrong the renegade version starts like this --- "We're the renegades of this atomic age This atomic age of renegades Renegades of this atomic age This atomic age of renegades" ---
Sean Hardesty from Arroyo Grande, CaRage against the machine is my all time favorite band, i am a huge fan. This is a fantastic song because it gives a great tribute to all of the great renegades of their time
Frank from Hickville, GaI'll second Cristin on that fact. The whole Renegades album was a tribute to other songs and bands. Check your facts buddy :)
Cristin from Boston, MaActually, Dave, Tim is right. Afrika Bambaataa wrote it. Read this: http://domm.zsi.at/txt/ratm_liner2.txt It's a product of the 80's, Rage just covered it and transformed it into their own style.
Jamie Jay from West Oxfordshire, EnglandI prefer the renegades version when it starts with 'we're renegades and it's a time and age, it's a time and age if renegades.'
Tim from Pittsburgh, PaRage Against The Machine did not write "Renegades of Funk."
Peter Rabbit from Kent , Mdthis song is not a tribute to anyone! renegades of funk is about being strong enough to change the way people think and not just accept that there right becos your told so!rage certainly arnt making a tribute to anyone! they worte it about themselves and those whom they associate with........ we are the renagades.
Brendan from Hobart, Australiain the chorus there's two guitar parts, one is played off distortion and sounds real weird
James from Australia, Australiathis album is not what i expected from rage against the machine its good but i didnt like it as much as their other albums
Matt from St. Louis , MoI'm a renegade of funk!
Nick from Paramus, NjThe chorus was once misheard as "When a redneck needs a f***." I'm not making this up.
Gimpy from Cloquet, Mnno matter how hard you try you cant stop us now.