The insanely talented Dwayne Johnson just made another career jump that further proves there is nothing he can’t do. Up until today, he was just a WWF icon turned A-list actor who also owns a tequila company. But now, the silver screen alcohol-selling wrestler is also a rapper. He dropped a snippet from a new single on Twitter this afternoon. And we’re surprised he didn’t start a rap career sooner.
Dwayne Johnson joined Joey Cool and King Iso while making his rap debut on Tech N9ne’s new single Face Off. The track is featured on the album titled ASIN9NE.
“I love music,” he said in an exclusive interview with Variety. “Anytime in my movies when I can implement some musical elements, I always love doing that.”
Dwayne Johnson Collaborates with Tech N9ne
This isn’t the first time someone in the music industry has propositioned the Fast and Furious star. But he never took the invites seriously. That all changed with Tech N9ne sent Johnson a private message on Instagram. And Tech N9ne had a serious fanboy moment with Johnson responded.
“The biggest star in the world said something back to me!” he gushed to Variety. “You know what I’m sayin? I am hyped. We are all hyped!”
Johnson has a lot of friends in high places. So the opportunity to rap or sing on a world-famous record has presented itself many times. But The Rock never felt like any of those opportunities were good fits.
“A lot of my friends who are hip hop artists — like big names — I’ve been asked a few times. But it just has to feel right,” Johnson admitted. “… “When Tech texted me, I knew I would make this work. We’re aligned, just in terms of our work ethic and desire.”
Johnson and Tech N9ne first met years back on the set of Ballers. And the two bonded over their mutual desire to work and work hard. During their meeting, Tech made a comment that really resonated with Dwayne Johnson.
“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 that.”
The quote meant so much to Johnson that he paid tribute to it with a special verse. While Johnson is rapping, you’ll hear him say, “It’s about drive. It’s about power. We stay hungry.”
Watch Johnson’s ‘Face Off’ Rap Debut
Dwayne Johnson dropped a Face Off teaser on his Twitter page today. Listen to it here.
“Made my historic rap debut (thankfully I didn’t suck),” he wrote alongside the video. “Huge shout to all the hip hop & music fans for your HYPE reactions that are straight f*cking fire. Love to my #StrangeMusic USO’s”