Common’s “Testify” (2005) vs. Rage Against the Machine’s “Testify” (2000)
Rage Against the Machine’s “Testify” was released during the 2000 presidential election and its video, directed by Michael Moore, touched on various political issues and criticized well-known figures. Common’s “Testify,” from his 2005 album Be, is a bit more subdued, telling the story of a cunning female criminal who’s dramatic court testimony gets her lover sentenced to prison.
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