Renegades (Rage Against the Machine Album)
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Renegades Rage Against the Machine Album
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
RecordedApril-September 2000
GenreRap rock[1]
Rage Against the Machine chronology
The Battle of Los Angeles
Singles from Renegades
  1. "The Ghost of Tom Joad"
    Released: November 25, 1997
  2. "Renegades of Funk"
    Released: February 20, 2001
  3. "How I Could Just Kill a Man"
    Released: October 20, 2001

Renegades is the fourth studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine (RATM), released on December 5, 2000 by Epic Records, almost two months after their breakup. The album consists of covers of songs by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, MC5, The Rolling Stones, Cypress Hill, and Devo.

After the release of Renegades, three of the four band members (minus vocalist Zack de la Rocha) formed a new band, Audioslave with former Soundgarden vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell. RATM did, however, release the live album Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, consisting of their final two concerts before their initial break-up.

The album achieved platinum status a little over a month after its initial release.


The album's cover art is a parody of the pop art work LOVE by Robert Indiana, with the word "love" replaced with "rage" and the letter G at the bottom left corner slanted (in the original sculpture, the slanted letter O is at the top right corner). The album shipped with four different versions of the cover: either red lettering with black and either blue or green background, or with the red and black switched. The album's packaging also includes a poem by Josh Koppel. The artwork ends with a photograph of an American one dollar bill with the message "You are not a slave" written on the back.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[5]
Melody Maker3.5/5 stars[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
Select4/5 stars[9]

Track listing

Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist (date)Length
13."Kick Out the Jams" (Live)Kramer, Smith, Tyner, Davis, ThompsonMC5 (1969)4:31
14."How I Could Just Kill a Man" (Live, featuring B-Real and Sen Dog)Freese, Reyes, MuggerudCypress Hill (1991)4:30

Best Buy limited edition Limited edition albums sold at Best Buy contained a bonus disc with live recordings of "People of the Sun" and "No Shelter". The songs were later released as part of Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in 2003, as was track 13.


  • Rage Against the Machine - co-producer, art direction
  • Zack de la Rocha - vocals
  • Tom Morello - guitar
  • Tim Commerford - bass/backing vocals
  • Brad Wilk - drums
  • Sen Dog - vocals on the live version of "How I Can Just Kill A Man"
  • B-Real - vocals on the live version of "How I Can Just Kill A Man"
  • Rick Rubin - producer
  • Brendan O'Brien - producer of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad"
  • Jim Scott - engineer
  • David Schiffman - engineer
  • Rich Costey - mixing
  • D. Sardy - mixing of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" and "Street Fighting Man"
  • Katie Teasdale - assistant engineer
  • Darren Mora - assistant engineer
  • Matt Marin - assistant engineer
  • Mike Scotella - assistant engineer
  • Geoof Walcha - assistant engineer
  • Rich Veltrop - assistant engineer
  • Greg Fidelman - Digital Editing
  • Mark Moreau - Digital Editing
  • Aimee Macauley - art director
  • Lindsay Chase - production coordination
  • Jake Sexton - political coordinator
  • Jake Koppell - inside Booklet


Weekly charts


Year Single Chart Position
2000 "Renegades of Funk" Modern Rock Tracks 9[]
2000 "Renegades of Funk" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19[]
2001 "How I Could Just Kill a Man" Modern Rock Tracks 37[]
2001 "How I Could Just Kill a Man" Mainstream Rock Tracks 39[]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Tom Moon (2000-11-21). "Renegades | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Renegades Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2000-12-05. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Bush, John (2000-12-05). "Renegades - Rage Against the Machine : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved .
  4. ^ A tour through three decades of sonic recalcitrance, Renegades is the genome map of seditious sound. [#151, p.90]
  5. ^ Rob Brunner (2000-12-11). "Renegades Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b c "Rage Against The Machine - Renegades CD Album". 2000-12-05. Retrieved .
  7. ^ This crisp, Rick Rubin-produced outing packs away a machine that was well-oiled to the last. [Jan. 2001, p.107]
  8. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Renegades". Nme.Com. 2000-11-24. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Renegades is Rage's most satisfying record since their debut. [Jan 2001, p.104]
  10. ^ a b "Renegades - Rage Against the Machine".
  11. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 8 January 2001 - 14.01.2001". OLiS.
  12. ^ "Rage Against the Machine". Official Charts. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  14. ^ "British album certifications - Rage against the machine - Renegades". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Renegades in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "American album certifications - Rage against the machine - Renegades". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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