Renegades of Funk
|"Renegades of Funk"|
|Single by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force|
|from the album Planet Rock: The Album|
|Format||12", 33 ⅓ RPM; cassette maxi-single|
|Label||Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Tommy Boy/Polydor/PolyGram Records
Tommy Boy/CBS Records
|Writer(s)||Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller, John Robie|
|Producer||Arthur Baker, John Robie|
|Afrika Bambaataa singles chronology|
"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 hip hop 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.
The song was used by the Toronto Raptors as its entrance song during home games in 2006. It is also featured as a track on the radio in the video-game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. In 1985, the song was used in "The Maze", an episode in the first season of the television police drama Miami Vice. It was covered by Rage Against the Machine and released as a single in 2000. "Weird Al" Yankovic included Rage Against the Machines' version in his polka medley "Angry White Boy Polka" from his 2003 album Poodle Hat.
- 12" single
- A1 "Renegades of Funk" (Vocal) - 6:44
- A2 "Renegades Chant" - 7:40
- B1 "Renegades of Funk" (Instrumental) - 6:20
Rage Against the Machine cover
|"Renegades of Funk"|
|Single by Rage Against the Machine|
|from the album Renegades|
|Released||February 20, 2001|
|Format||CD, 7", 12"|
|Genre||Rap metal, funk metal|
|Producer||Rick Rubin, Rage Against the Machine|
|Rage Against the Machine singles chronology|
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. This version of the song is the intro music to "The Big Mad Morning Show" on 92.1 The Beat in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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. 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:
- Chief Sitting Bull: leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux.
- Thomas Paine: writer.
- Martin Luther King: activist.
- Malcolm X: national spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
- Muhammad Ali: boxer.
- Paul Robeson: singer.
- Richard Pryor: comedian.
- Gil Scott-Heron: poet and musician.
- The Last Poets: group of poets and musicians with sympathies to the civil rights movement.
- James Brown: gospel and rhythm and blues artist.
- Curtis Mayfield: soul, funk and rhythm and blues artist.
- Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: funk band.
- Sly and the Family Stone: funk band.
- George Clinton: funk artist.
- Parliament Funkadelic: Funk music collective.
- DJ Kool Herc: Hip-hop pioneer.
- Grandmaster Flash: Hip-hop artist, DJ.
- Afrika Bambaataa: DJ, Bronx community leader & the artist who wrote the song.
- Kurtis Blow: hip-hop artist, DJ.
- Nat Turner: leader of the Southampton county slave rebellion.
- Huey Newton: co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
- Mumia Abu-Jamal: former Black Panther Party activist.
- Leonard Peltier: member of the American Indian Movement.
- Ernesto "Che" Guevara: communist guerilla leader.
- Stokeley Carmichael: leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
- Marcus Garvey: founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.
- Angela Davis: activist and Black Panther.
- Rigoberta Menchu: human rights activist and 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
- Cesar Chavez: co-founder of the United Farm Workers.
- Susan B. Anthony: co-founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
- Rosa Parks: civil rights activist.
- Whodini: hip-hop group.
- Run-D.M.C.: hip-hop trio.
- LL Cool J: hip-hop artist.
- KDAY: hip-hop radio station.
- Ice-T: rapper (and leader of the metal band Body Count).
- Roxanne Shante: hip-hop artist.
- UTFO: hip-hop group.
- Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Peter Norman: 1968 Summer Olympics athletes who were the main subjects of the infamous 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
- Boogie Down Productions: hip-hop group.
- Beastie Boys: hip-hop group.
- Salt-n-Pepa: rhythm and blues and hip-hop group.
- Eric B. & Rakim: hip-hop duo.
- MC Lyte: hip-hop artist.
- Slick Rick: rapper.
- Big Daddy Kane: rapper.
- EPMD: hip-hop duo.
- Public Enemy: hip-hop group.
- De La Soul: hip-hop trio.
- Queen Latifah: rapper.
- Tone Lōc: hip-hop artist.
- N.W.A: hip-hop group.
- CD single
- "Renegades of Funk" (Radio edit) - 3:54
- "Renegades of Funk" (Album version) - 4:35
- Basham, David (2000-12-07). ""Renegades" Single Posed Tough Challenge for Rage". MTV Networks. Retrieved 2008-10-30.