What did Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson cook up in the studio? An icy rapper, apparently. The actor, fitness personality, businessman and TV star added another line to his resume: the professional rapper. On October 8, 2021, Johnson made his hip-hop debut on “Face Off”, one of the lead singles from Tech N9ne’s new album “ASIN9NE” alongside artists Joey Cool and King Iso.
While some major rappers like Method Man, Lil Uzi Vert, and Action Bronson haven’t shied away from expanding their social media fitness game, The Rock seems to be somewhat of a trailblazer as the first famous gym junkie to jump. on the microphone.
The clip for “Face Off,” which is rolled out as part of Johnson’s new collaborative clothing line Outlaw Mana with UnderArmour, has already garnered over two million views on YouTube:
Johnson announced his hip-hop debut to his 270 million Instagram followers by posting a teaser for the video, where he thanked Tech, Joey and Iso:
“Pumped up (and humiliated) for dropping my first rap song with my brothers, the GOAT Tech N9ne, Joey Cool and King Iso.”
While this may be Dwayne’s first foray into rap, it’s far from his first time behind the mic. Prior to his rise to Hollywood stardom, the Fast Furious star cut his teeth in showmanship under the lights of WWE.
From its wrestling debut in 1996 until the present day, The Rock has gained a reputation as one of the most renowned promos in wrestling. He had a special flair for exciting crowds and cheering on contestants with big explosions and famous slogans.
Obviously, he tapped into some of that showmanship to bring his lyrics to “Face Off” to life. Her bars are both a call to action and assertiveness, causing her voice to explode on the track as the beat recedes throughout her verse.
At just 11 lines, Johnson’s verse on “Face Off” is shorter and less complex than that of his peers, but he managed to reference some of his iconic wrestling slogans while also using multi rhyming patterns. – clever syllables:
Desecration, defamation, if you want to bring it to the masses /
Face to face now we escalation‘when I have to put boots to asses
The Rock ends the track by thanking Tech N9ne for the opportunity and plugging in his personal brand of tequila (Teremana), stating that he performed his verse in one take – proving he has good lungs as well as a plenty of muscle.
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Between crushing him in the gym and taking charge of multiple movie projects, The Rock seems to have endless energy and an unprecedented work ethic. In his verse on “Face Off”, he proudly recognized both.
Johnson may not be aiming for a Grammy just yet, but the 49-year-old multi-hyphenate is clearly hungry to sink their teeth into anything that comes their way. He has been referring for a few years to a possible future presidential election. Johnson is also set to show off his shredded physique on the big screen as the titular antihero in Black adam, which is scheduled for release in 2022.
Featured Image: @therock on Instagram