Rage Against the Machine: Rap Metal in the Name Of…...

Since the earliest beginnings of rock-n-roll, American music has been an avenue and conduit for artists to get their personal, spiritual and political views heard by the masses.  By the 1960’s this was such a prevalent them in music pop culture that the term “protest music” had been coined.   As record sales, royalties and commercial greed began to dominate and shape the mainstream music in the 1980’s and 1990’s it seemed as if the honored practice of utilizing one’s music to get important social messages heard had fell, if not completely fallen.  For one such this was never the case.  For one such band their political messages and activisms was the fuel that burned their influential, if all too brief, career bright.  That such band was Rage Against the Machine. In 1991, guitarist Tom Morello (guitar) left his band, Lock Up, looking to start another band.  During a visit to a local Los Angeles club he heard a MC/vocalist by the name of Zack de la Rocha freestyle rapper.  Being impressed, Morello asked de la Rocha to join the group that he was forming.  Morello then recruited drummer Brad Wilk.  Morello knew of Wilk because he a previously auditioned to drum for Lock Up.  When de la Rocha convinced childhood friend Tim Commerford to play bass for the band, Rage Against the Machine was officially born. After cutting a twelve song demo tape Rage Against the Machine was coveted by several major record labels.  The band decided to sign with Epic Records, of which Morello said, “Epic agreed to everything we asked, and they’ve followed through…. We never saw a[n] [ideological] conflict as long as we maintained creative control.” Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut album on November 3, 1992. ...