Rage Against the Machine‘s Renegades of funk is a cover of the 1983 version by Afrika Bambaataa. The song first appeared Rage Against the Machine’s album, Renegades, which was released after the group has broken up. The group played it live for the first time at the Rage Against the Machine reunion at 2007’s Coachella.

Lyrics (Alterated)

No matter how hard you try, you can’t stop us now.

We’re the renegades of this atomic age. This atomic age of renegades. Renegades of this atomic age. This atomic age of renegades.

Since the Prehistoric ages and the days of ancient Greece. Right down through the Middle Ages, planet earth kept going through changes. And then the Renaissance came and times continued to changeNothing stayed the same but there were always renegades

Like:

Chief Sitting Bull
Tom Paine
Dr. Martin Luther King
Malcolm X

They were renegades of their time and age. So many renegades.

From a different solar system many many galaxies away. We are the force of another creation, a new musical revelation; and we’re on this musical mission to help the others listen, and groove from land to land singin’ electronic chants like,

“Zulu nation
Revelations
Destroy our nations
Destroy our nations”

Now renegades are the people with their own philosophies; They change the course of history.

Everyday people like you and me; We’re the renegades. We’re the people with our own philosophies. We change the course of history. Everyday people like you and me… C’mon! We’re the renegades of funk.

Poppin’, sockin’, rockin’ puttin’ a side of hip-hop.
Because where we’re goin’ there ain’t no stoppin’.
Poppin’, sockin’, rockin’, puttin’ a side of hip-hop.

Because where we’re goin’ there ain’t no stoppin’.
Poppin’, sockin’, rockin’ puttin’ a side of hip-hop.
‘Cause we’re poppin’, sockin’, rockin’ puttin’ a side of hip-hop.
Poppin’, sockin’, rockin’ puttin’ a side of hip-hop.

We’re the renegades of funk.

We’re teachers of the funk, and not of empty popping. We’re blessed with the force and the sight of electronics. With the bass, and the treble the horns and our vocals.

‘Cause every time I pop into the beat we get fresh.

There was a time when our music was something called the Bay Street beat. People would gather from all around
to get down to the big sound. You had to be a renegade in those days to take a man to the dance floor.

Say jam sucker !
Say jam sucker!
Say groove sucker!
Say groove sucker!
Say dance sucker!
Say dance sucker!
Now move sucker!
Now move sucker!

We’re the renegades of funk.

People Referred to as “Renegades”

Definition of Renegade: a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.

The Original.

Afrika Bambaataa – Renegades of Funk

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.

Cover Photo: Wonker.

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