If you are a rock music fan and have not checked out Brass Against on YouTube, you definitely should. This particular video features a young black female artist, Sophia Urista, delivering a powerful cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.”
Not only does she deliver a beautifully powerful cover of this classic song, but she does it with a full brass band. They are called Brass Against.
Sophia Urista was on the singing competition The Voice in 2016. The judges commented on her pure girl power while she was singing “Come Together” for her audition.
She puts that pure girl power into every song she sings. She has done several with the band Brass Against including more Rage Against the Machine covers, Alice in Chains covers, Tool covers, and even a couple of Beastie Boys covers.
Rage Against the Machine has made the news recently when Tom Morello could be seen at a Black Lives Matter protest holding up a sign that said: “F*** the Police.”
He hilariously clapped back at a fan on Twitter who complained about Rage Against the Machine being political.
The song “Killing in the Name” debuted in 1992 as a protest song against police brutality. The song was inspired by the police brutality against Rodney King in the 1990s and the similar protests and riots that followed in Los Angeles.
The song has singer, Zach De La Rocha, claiming: “some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses.” He is directly comparing members of the police to the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan (KKK). At the end of the song he screams, “f*** you I won’t do what you tell me,” a whopping sixteen times.
We’re seeing similar protests across the country after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine has been seen supporting the Black Lives Matter protests. Rock on! Fight the power!
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