Bob Marley was a prophet for the freedom fight

from Beastie Boys – Root Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Perhaps a reference to the Bob Marley quote:

‘Better to die fighting for freedom, than be a prisoner all the days of your life.’

On “Redemption Song,” Bob asked, “How long shall they kill our prophets while we stand aside and look?” Many consider his wisdom prophetic.

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