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Zack de la Rocha          

Activist & Musician Known for Rage Against the Machine

Zack de la Rocha is a musician and activist. He is best known as the vocalist and lyricist of the rap-metal/funk metal band Rage Against the Machine.

De la Rocha's musical career began in high school when he joined the straight edge band Hardstance, which evolved into the hardcore band Inside Out around 1988 and gained a national underground following. The band released a single record, No Spiritual Surrender, on Revelation Records in 1990 before disbanding.

After the disbandment of Inside Out, de la Rocha helped form Rage Against the Machine in 1991. The group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. Their songs express revolutionary political views. Rage's second and third albums peaked at number one in the United States. but did not result in the political action de la Rocha had hoped for. He became increasingly restless and undertook collaborations with artists such as KRS-One, Chuck D, and Public Enemy.

He left Rage Against the Machine in October 2000 and embarked on a solo career, although the band reunited from 2007 to 2011. With former Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore, de la Rocha also co-founded One Day as a Lion in 2008.

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