Rosie is a song sang by Chain Gang, which is a group of prisoners who were chained together and forced to labor as a form of punishment. This song was recorded by Alan Lomax, a producer who was visiting Southern prisons, searching for blues songs, spirituals, and work songs to record. There is a claim that Jay-Z’s song Takeover is influenced by KRS-One’s song Sound of Da Police which is also influenced by Grand Funk Railroad’s remake of The Animal’s song Inside Looking Out. Also, it claims that Inside Looking Out was influenced by this song, Rosie. This claim emphasizes African-American folk music’s big influence on modern American music.


Rosie – Chain Gang