This used to be a thing. An actor or an athlete suddenly deciding they can rap or sing. Most of the time it’s an ego play for someone who was so famous they felt untouchable, like when Eddie Murphy recorded “Party All the Time” or when Don Johnson tried his hand at a song. Sometimes the results are surprisingly decent (“She’s Like the Wind” is a straight banger, no cap!).
It doesn’t happen as much anymore, Jeremy Renner‘s (comedy?) album and Kobe Bryant’s albums notwithstanding. But suddenly, out of nowhere, we have a new example, from one of the biggest stars, and seemingly nicest guys, in the world: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Johnson joins Tech N9ne on a hip-hop tune called “Face Off,” where we get to hear the former wrestler turned superstar turned Black Adam lay down a few bars:
‘It’s about tribe, it’s about power, we stay hungry, we devour
Put in the work, put in the hours and take what’s ours
Black and Samoan in my veins, my culture bangin’ with Strange
I change the game so what’s my motherf*ckin’ name…
desecration, defamation, if you wanna bring it to the masses
face to face now we escalatin’ when I have to put boots to asses
Mean on ya’ like a dream when I’m rumblin’, you’re gonna scream mama
So bring drama to the king Brahma comin’ at ya with extreme mana.’
Alrighty then. It’s fairly aggressive, both lyrically and in its delivery, and apparently, that’s what he was going for:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 8, 2021
My favorite part is the very end when he thanks Tech N9ne before bragging: “One take. That’s a wrap.”
Take a listen, and decide for yourself whether The Rock is now the King of All Media (sorry Howard). His set is queued up below:
The only thing left to do is record a Vin Diesel (now a musician too!) dis track.