Thu. May 19th, 2022

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has conquered the box office, wrestling ring, TV ratings and tequila sales – now he’s dominating the charts?

In a historically creative career shift, Johnson makes his rap debut, appearing on Tech N9ne’s new single, ‘Face Off’.

Talking to Variety in an exclusive interview, Johnson says, “I love music. Anytime in my movies, whenever I can implement some musical elements, I always love doing it.”

‘Face Off’, the new single on Tech N9ne’s new album, ‘ASIN9NE’ from Strange Music, also features Joey Cool and King Iso. The number marks a collaboration between the most successful independent rapper in hip hop and the greatest A-list actor in Hollywood.

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Dwayne Johnson has a surprising career change as he debuts in rap (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)

Johnson has been courted by his famous friends in the hip-hop community for decades, but when Tech N9ne DMed him on Instagram, he knew this was finally the right fit.

“The biggest star in the world said something back to me! Do you know what I’m saying? I’m hyped. We’re all hyped!” Tech N9ne excites for a recent phone call with Variety from its turbus.

Tech N9ne and Johnson actually met a few years ago. A big fan of the independent rapper, Johnson, who is the most followed American on the planet, has been sharing Tech N9ne’s music on his social media for years. After a friendship on social media, the two met in person on the set of HBOs Ballerelong before the pandemic.

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“Many of my friends who are hip-hop artists – like big names – have been asked a few times. But it just has to feel right,” says Johnson, noting that he performed on his friend Wyclef Jean’s 2000 song, ‘It does not matter, ‘shouts his titular slogan, but does not rap.

“When Tech sent me a text message, I knew I wanted to make this work. We are in line with our work ethic and desire. When Tech and I first met many years ago Ballere, we talked about this idea of ​​being the hardest working in space. He said something that I really appreciated: basically, ‘There could never be enough food in this room or on this set that could make me full because I always want to be hungry.’ I just love it. “

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That sense of work ethic is the message of ‘Face Off’. Dwayne’s verse – as he himself wrote – contains the text “It’s about drive. It’s about power. We stay hungry.”

Tech N9ne knew he wanted a fighter on the field because he imagined the song as a hype anthem that could be played in stadiums or in the gym.

“This is an energy song. This is going to get people pumping up to lift weights, pumping up for fights, pumping up for the game. Period,” he says. “And what better person? Not Conor McGregor. I do not know him. I know The Rock.”

When Tech N9ne first contacted Johnson, the idea was not that he should actually rap. Tech N9ne’s first question was just to get Johnson to recite spoken words to close the song. But Johnson had a bigger vision.

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“I said, ‘I just want you to talk about some really motivating things [the] end, ‘”shares Tech N9ne.” We picked up the phone and structured it. He’s so good, man. To be able to come up with a song with master MCs and even be a master MC? Dwayne did his thing. He said he would go fast like us. After what he did on Moana, I could see he had the rhythm. “

Dwyane "The rock" Johnson plays a rapping, singing demigod Maui in Disney's Moana.
Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson plays rapping and sings demigod Maui in Disney’s Moana. (Disney)

The rapper refers to the popular Disney movie that, yes, showcased Johnson’s musical abilities. The best-selling soundtrack has found its way to the homes of millions of families, but ‘Face Off’ brings Johnson into a new genre.

After Johnson wrote his verse and structured it with Tech N9ne, he went into the studio with his wife, Lauren Hashian, and recorded during the pandemic.

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“One tag,” Johnson says. “I drank Teremana so I had already been a little enlightened and was ready to go. We sent it to Tech and his engineers and the text I got back from Tech, in capital letters, was’ F — yes! !! ! ‘”

The rapper jokes that he is not quite sure how Johnson at 6’5 and over 250 pounds fits into the recording booth at all. “He’s even bigger than when I first met him Ballere because he’s in his ‘Black Adam’ building. Have you seen him? See how big he is in our video. See how cut he is! He was not so cut two years ago. “

Now that Johnson has made his rap debut, is a music career in the future?

“I never had the ambition to be a hip hop artist or rapper, so the direct answer is no,” Johnson says Variety. “But I saw an opportunity here to create a song that really inspired and motivated me to push for more and fight for more. I’ve always loved music. I love hip-hop and blues and crime country music.”

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But never say. If Johnson has proven anything over the years through his varied career, it is that if he thinks of something, it usually turns into gold.

“If the song is right, and if the collaboration feels genuine and authentic, I would love it,” Johnson says. “I would love to repeat with Tech N9ne and Strange Music. If I had the opportunity to collaborate with another artist out there – hip hop artists, blues artists, banned country artists – let’s talk and let’s find out. If I could rap about the right words that feel real and authentic to me, then I will happily break out Teremana, take a few big pigs and jump back into the studio. “

Johnson adds: “The things that get my attention these days and get me out of bed have to be the things I absolutely love and absolutely love. These days, money is not the most important thing. Fame, no. It is not the important thing. Honestly, it’s just about passion, having fun – and will people enjoy it? That’s it. That’s the bottom line. “

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If Johnson ever decides to take on the rap world, Tech N9ne says he might take the credit for giving him his big break.

“He has bigger things to do. I’m just so blessed he’d like to do this to me,” Tech N9ne said, adding: “But I think he’s going to be president, so I do not know. “

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