Given how multi-faceted Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has proven himself, is anyone really that surprised that he can pen and deliver bars too?
Nonetheless, The Brahma Bull turned Hollywood elite made what he called his "Historic rap debut" and connected with alternative hip hop champion Tech N9ne for the unique platform. The flag-bearer of the Strange Music banner, Tech enlisted The Rock for the collaboration effort after connecting via Twitter and eventually meeting face-to-face on the set of the HBO hit series, Ballers.
The two creative forces would eventually link up in the studio, with Tech putting The Rock on for the track "Face Off," a cut punctuated by a set of lyrical bars that The Rock actually penned himself. Among the highlights of The Rock's brief but bold lyrical assault includes the verbal venom of lines like, “Black and Samoan in my veins, my culture bangin’ with Strange / I change the game so what’s my motherfuckin’ name.” - Yup, The Rock got parental advisory with it.
While The Rock has flirted with the culture of rap earlier in his career, working with both Wyclef Jean and Slick Rick for previous wrestling theme entrance and promotional tracks, the latest Strange Music single is Johnson's first official venture into the craft.
The track is featured on the Midwest lyricist's 23rd, (you read that right) 23rd! full length studio album ASIN9NE which arrived as a surprise to fans on October 7th. What is even more impressive is how an album with such a highly-touted feature list was kept so quiet. Among the guest contributors on the LP include Lil Wayne, Russ, E-40 and Snow Tha Product and many more.
ASIN9NE is currently available via Strange Music - HERE