Dwayne Johnson is ecstatic to make his rap debut on Tech N9ne’s “Face Off,” which was released on Friday accompanied by a music video. Some of his fans, however, are skeptical that this is his major hip-hop debut.
Johnson tweeted on Thursday, “Pumped (& humbled) to drop MY 1ST RAP SONG with my brothers,” mentioning Tech N9ne and the other rappers featured on the track, Joey Cool and King Iso.
The Rock then posted a video of himself working out to his “Face Off” verse.
“Recognize the voice? ‘Then I’m comin’ at ya with EXTREME MANA,'” he wrote on Twitter.
“It Doesn’t Matter,” on the other hand, must not be overlooked. Dwayne Johnson made his rap debut on a Wyclef Jean tune released in 2000, according to fans.
In that song, the actor and former WWE superstar famously said, “This is The Rock kickin’ it with the Refugee Camp, and you’re about to smell what The Rock is cookin’.”
Johnson tells Variety in an exclusive interview, “I love music. Anytime in my movies when I can implement some musical elements, I always love doing that.”
For decades, Johnson had been courted by his famous hip hop friends, but when Tech N9ne DM’d him on Instagram, he felt this was the ideal fit.
On a recent phone call with Variety from his tour bus, Tech N9ne gushes, “The biggest star in the world said something back to me! You know what I’m sayin? I am hyped. We are all hyped!”
Johnson and Tech N9ne first met a few years back. Johnson, who is the most followed American on the planet, is a major admirer of Tech N9ne and has been spreading his music on social media for years. They met in person on the set of HBO’s “Ballers,” far before the outbreak, after a social media friendship.
The message of “Face Off” is one of work ethic. “It’s about drive,” Dwayne Johnson says in the rap, which he penned himself. “It’s about power. We stay hungry.”
Tech N9ne knew he wanted a fighter on the track because he imagined it as a hype-up anthem that could be played in stadiums or at the gym. “This is an energy song. This is going to get people pumped up to lift weights, pumped up for fights, pumped up for the game. Period,” he says. “And what better person? Not Conor McGregor. I don’t know him. I know The Rock.”