Songs About Breaking Free, Kanye Review, RIP Lee Scratch Perry

Breaking Free

As Sound Opinions celebrates our first year as an independent production, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about breaking free. They also review the new album by Kanye West, pay tribute to Lee Scratch Perry and play recent listener comments. 

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Donda Kanye West

Kanye West Donda

Kanye's tenth studio album, Donda, is named for his late mother and was released after three stadium-sized listening events, the last of which brought out personas non grata DaBaby and Marilyn Manson.

Songs About Breaking Free

To mark our first anniversary as an independent production we’re sharing songs about breaking free from your past.


  • Queen, "I Want To Break Free"
  • Bob Marley, "Redemption Song"
  • Eric B. and Rakim, "Teach The Children"


  • Janet Jackson, "Control"
  • The Velvet Underground, "I’m Set Free"
  • Florence + The Machine, "Dog Days Are Over"

Althea Legaspi

  • The Rolling Stones, "I’m Free"

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee Scratch Perry

The dub reggae innovator Lee "Scratch" Perry died August 29 at age 85. His impact as a performer and producer can be heard in hip-hop, punk and dance music.

Listener Comments

We hear feedback from listeners on recent episodes, including the Woodstock 99 documentary, Latin music and buried treasures.

Dear Listeners,

For more than 15 years, Sound Opinions was a production of WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. Now that the show is independent, we're inviting you to join the band and lend a hand! We need your support more than ever because now we have to do all the behind-the-scenes work that WBEZ handled before (like buying insurance and paying for podcast hosting, ugh). Plus, we have some exciting ideas we'd like to try now that there's no one to tell us no!