We live in an EVIL EMPIRE.

Hey welcome back to my blog, today’s blog is going to talk about Rage Against the Machine’s album called Evil Empire. First lets start off with some knowledge on the band. Such as how their music is Rap Metal and how they are known for having their political views as a part of their songs.

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I felt this album was relevant to Puerto Rico’s situation in a way. It talks about how unjust the United States is and all the terrible things that happen in the country. “The title “Evil Empire” is taken from what Rage Against The Machine see as Ronald Reagan’s slander of the Soviet Union in the eighties, which the band feels could just as easily apply to the United States” (source). The album has 11 songs, which I felt was super appropriate since we have 11 precincts to go with it.

Here’s the track list:

  1. People of the Sun

  2. Bulls on Parade

  3. Vietnow

  4. Revolver

  5. Snakecharmer

  6. Tire Me

  7. Down Rodeo

  8. Without a Face

  9. Wind Below

  10. Roll Right

  11. Year of tha Boomerang

Just from looking at some of the names on the track list, you can get an idea of what they’re aiming to criticize at with each song. For example, the song People of the Sun talks about (Genius) how the inhabitants of Mexico were conquered by Spain, while at the same time mentioning that it’s time for the Mexicans to be proud of who they are and rise above.

This album touches many topics, some unrelated to the UPR situation, but this is an overall great listen. If you want to get your activist on, head bang and raise your blood pressure all at the same time, then you found the right album.

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