Dwayne Johnson is a person who’s good at a frankly absurd variety of issues; wrestling, weightlifting, getting movie initiatives green-lit, and of, course, being a film star—one thing he ranks among the many highest on the planet at doing.
Among the uncommon deficits within the Johnson ability catalog, although, is music; his single music on the soundtrack of 2016’s Moana, “You’re Welcome,” is energetic sufficient, however you’re largely getting carried alongside there by the melody, and the sheer weirdness of listening to The Rock sing a music. Beyond that, Johnson’s discography is more-or-less clean.
But, then, you don’t get to be Dwayne Johnson with out treating basically each single thought that crosses your thoughts with the identical diploma of horrifying, mesmerizing, apparently indefatigable passion that he already brings to lifting weights or pretending to leap off buildings or terrifying us with hints about an eventual presidential run. And so we’re compelled to return to phrases tonight with “Face Off,” a brand new music by rapper Tech N9ne, that options, amongst contributions from different artists, a rap verse written and carried out by Dwayne Douglas Johnson himself.
It is extraordinarily humorous.
Now, a few of this unintentional comedy isn’t, strictly, Johnson’s fault. Tech N9ne—who Johnson is a longtime fan of, having met him years in the past on the set of Ballas—does his buddy the in all probability unintentional disservice of putting him final within the line-up of verses, following Tech himself, plus Joey Cool and King Iso.
The impact, then, is of regular acceleration within the circulation of the music, with King Iso, particularly, delivering strains so quick that they choose up the staccato beat of a snare drum. The sudden change to The Rock—rapping moderately credibly, however not particularly swiftly, and in a voice that may solely be The Rock’s—is a juxtaposition that can’t be correctly dealt with by the human mind with no sudden snort of laughter.
Still, Johnson isn’t precisely innocent, both, particularly since he—multi-faceted entrepreneur that he’s—can’t resist getting in a plug for his private tequila model through the music itself. (It additionally pops up repeatedly within the Variety story on the music’s launch, which has heavy “We have negotiated the terms of this conversation to the tiniest decimal point” vitality.)
It’s additionally very humorous to see and listen to the world’s largest film star (figuratively and in any other case; dude appears large along with his latest Black Adam bulk) demand “What’s my mother fucking name?!” whereas standing in entrance of a bunch of footage of charging bulls, working endlessly in a style we will solely describe as “Dwayne Johnson-esque.”. There is not any subtext. Subtext is lifeless. It has been drowned within the Rock’s endlessly talked about, endlessly flowing tequila.
Hilariously, Tech reveals in that very same interview that he did not ask Johnson to rap; he approached him to simply do some inspirational spoken phrase stuff on the finish of the music, which is supposed to really feel like an enormous, dramatic struggle anthem. But then, “We got on the phone and structured it. He’s so talented, man. To be able to get on a song with master MCs and be a master MC himself? Dwayne did his thing.” (And, significantly: What would you do in his footwear? Try to say no?)
Johnson additionally famous, in passing, that his favourite genres of music are “hip hop and blues and outlaw country music,” so, yeah, we gotta ask: Album when?