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Renegades Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Dec 5 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000053EZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews
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1. Microphone Fiend
2. Pistol Grip Pump
3. Kick Out The Jams
4. Renegades Of Funk
5. Beautiful World
6. I'm Housin'
7. In My Eyes
8. How I Could Just Kill A Man
9. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
10. Down On The Street
11. Street Fighting Man
12. Maggie's Farm
13. Bonus Track 01
14. Bonus Track 02

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'renegades' is a Collection of Songs Originally Written and Recorded by Artists as Mc5, the Stooges, Epmd, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Afrika Bambaataa, Devo, Bruce Springsteen, Erik B and Rakim and Cypress Hill. The Album was Finalised Prior to the Departure of Zak De La Rocha. Initial Shipments of this Limited Edition Release Will Include Two Exclusive Live Tracks.


If Renegades proves to be the last Rage Against the Machine album to feature singer Zack de la Rocha, who quit the band after nine years, it's a cool way to go out. Produced by Rick Rubin, Renegades is a salute to the artists who made Rage what they are--or were. While it's easy to hear Rage's rap roots in songs from Afrika Bambaataa, EPMD, and Volume 10, it's more interesting to see their take on rock in its classic and punk forms. Rage capture the raw spirit, if not the quite the intensity, inherent in the MC5 classic "Kick Out the Jams." A superior second live take appears at the CD's end, followed by a concert version of Cypress Hill's "How I Could Just Kill a Man," with help from B-Real and Sen Dog. Devo's "Beautiful World" is rendered quietly unrecognizable, while Minor Threat's "In My Eyes" is given a wonderfully melodic, ultra-aggro treatment. The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" takes on a techno vibe that's unsettling and Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" is also effectively modernized. Ultimately, Renegades is a must-have for its song selection, musical execution, and the unhappy fact that it's likely the ultimate offering from one of rock's most musically and politically relevant lineups. --Katherine Turman

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Format: Audio CD
Rage Against the Machine is well known for their brutal lyrics and heavy riffs. And although this CD keeps up with both of those aspects, it is missing some depth. Sure, it's all covers, but that doesn't mean Zack can't put a little more into it. In "It's a Beautiful World" and "Kick Out the Jams" he takes a different approach with singing as opposed to rapping. And Tom Morello does the same thing he's done for the past 3 albums, but I believe that Tim Commerford is the highlight of this album. His basslines are very well put together and thought out, and the two live tracks (especially "How I could just Kill A Man") compliment his skill very well. Another positive aspect of this CD is the depth it proves that the band has, they cover music from all genres from Bob Dylan to Cypress Hill. And it slightly redeems itself from the no-solo identical song "Battle for Los Angeles". It doesn't beat Evil Empire and Rage's self titled debut, but there is no doubt that this album is a highlight in its genre.
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i've always been a fan of Rage, but this cd just blew me away! it was so sad to see zach leave the band, but what a cool way to go out!

1. Microphone Fiend: 10/10 Awesome way to start an album, this song will be in your head for days.
2. Pistol Grip Pump: 9/10 I'm not normally a huge rap fan, but zach really connects with the band on this one, great rythym!
3. Kick out the Jams: 8/10 Another incredible song, not about politics, but a great one to just bounce to at a party.
4. Renegades of Funk: 10/10 Deserves all the radio play it got, another amazing party beat, but with very meaningful lyrics if you listen to them.
5. Beautiful World: 5/10 Not one of my favorites. It's cool that the band tried to do something different, but this is just a little to different for me.
6. I'm Housin: 9/10 Excellent bass at the beginning, very mellow until the chorus, which makes you wanna yell along. One of my favorites.
7. In My Eyes: 7/10 I don't dislike this song, i just don't like it as much as all the others. But still good, don't get me wrong.
8. How I could just Kill a Man: 9/10 Amazing! They do a better job with this song than i think Cypress Hill did! Awesome beat, great lyrics, another headbanger.
9. The Ghost of Tom Joad: 10/10 A tie with microphone fiend for my favorite song of the album! meaningful lyrics, great beat and rythym, Tom Morello just outdoes himself every time.
10. Down on the street: 8/10 Just plain cool, hear it for yourself!
11. Street Fighting Man: 9/10 Another great one, luv the lyrics, zach puts the beat down like no other!
12. Maggie's Farm: 10/10 I never thought i'd see Rage cover Bob Dylan, but they do it and are great at it! Very deep and meaningful lyrics to go along with great music!
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Format: Audio CD
To put it bluntly, this album rocks. A lot. Rage has taken some of the music that inspired them and made it their own. Too often cover songs ape the original and don't add anything. This time, the songs stay true, but are stamped with Rage's signature. There are numerous reviews for this album on this website, so I won't try to say the same things.
Defiant and fierce, Zack de la Rocha's vocals match the intensity of the music. The Springsteen and Dylan songs work the best, putting a new twist on some good songs. There really isn't a "bad" track on here. One tune I have not seen much written about is "Housin'". The guitar riff during the chorus is a monster, and I can't help but feel a rush of power and the need to groove. "Pistol Grip Pump" offers an "I dare you" vibe, even if you're not from the streets. The attitude permeates the music, and that is what is most impressive. Make no mistake, this is not a Rage Against the Machine album. It comes across as a thank-you, both to the musicians past and present, as well as the fans. Even though I can't take this cd out of my player for very long, I cannot make the leap to calling this their best cd. They put it out, but it's not "theirs." If you're looking for pure Rage, any of their other three albums will do nicely.
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The fourth and final album of the original Rage Against the Machine is entirely comprised of covers of songs that have inspired rage along the way. The covers include Cypress Hill, mc5, Devo, and bob dylan. Out of all the rage albums, this one is the weakest in terms of a line-up of songs, and its overall feel as an album rather than a collection of songs. However, this feeling is justified by the fact that 'renegades' is really a collection of old studio tapes of covers that rage recorded at various points of their careers; it was never intended to be published in the form of an album. However, rage against the machine was desparate for a way to compensate to the fans for the announcement of de la Rocha's departure from the band. Enough history, on to the music:
Track 1: Microphone Friend, Rating: 8/10 This is an excellent start to the album. This fast-paced, hip-hop track executes a catchy corus and strong verses. Coupled with nice guitar work, it is one of the best songs on the album.
Track 2: Pistol Grip Pump, Rating: 5/10 Track 2 is fairly mediocre. The rap/ hip-hop nature of the song greatly draws from the best attribute of the band, the guitar work of Tom Morello. There are no outstanding guitar lines, and the chorus is average and not particularly inspiring.
Track 3: Kick Out the Jams, Rating: 2/10 Rage's worst song ever. They sound horribly out of place with the fast, punkish style of the song and de la Rocha singing such lyrics as "the girls cant stand it when you get it right." This is overly loud, obnoxious, and sounds like a decent sound played on a horrible record.
Track 4: Renegades of Funk, Rating: 10/10 This track alone turns what would be a three-star, okay, album into a solid, good 4-star album. This is clearly a great song.
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