The track also features sports verses by Joy Kool and King Iso.
Take N9ne (aka Aaron Yates) has released a new single titled “Face Off,” which features the monolithic rap debut of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as well as catchy guest spots from rappers Joey Kool and King Iso.
Closing the track with a brief, but undeniably intense poem, Johnson said: “It’s about drive, it’s about power With / I change the game, so what’s my bastard’s name?”
‘Face Off’ was shared along with a film clip produced by Michael ‘Seven’ Summers, which features all four actors from the track. Watch it below:
in an interview with Diversity, Johnson explained that “Face Off” was not his first time collaborating with a high-profile hip-hop artist, but that he always declined offers of artistic integrity. When Yates sent him the message, he decided to break the chain, however, saying “we are aligned, just in terms of our work ethic and desire”.
He continued: “When Tek and I first met years ago on the set of [HBO series] Ballers, we were talking about the idea that we are the hardest workers in the room. He said something that I really appreciate: Basically, ‘There can never be enough food in this room or on this set to make me full because I always want to be hungry.’ That’s just what I like.”
Yates told Diversity That ‘Face Off’ was written with fighters in mind, describing it as an “energy song” and music: “It gets people to lift weights, pump for fights, pump for sport. Will inspire. Period. And what better person? Conor McGregor No. I don’t know him. I know The Rock.”
Yates also pointed out that Johnson was not recruited to rap on the track, but instead “talk some real motivational material. [the] finished”. Johnson insisted that he give a completed poem, write it himself and structure it with Yates over the phone.
The latter continued: “He’s so talented, man. To be able to sing along to the Master MC and be the Master MC myself? Dwayne did his job. He said he wanted to go fast like us. After what he did in ‘Moana’, I could see that he had a rhythm.”
According to Johnson, the part was recorded in a single take. “I was drinking teremana, so I was already a little lit and ready to go,” he said. “We sent it to Tek and his engineers and the text I got from Tek was all capital letters, ‘Fuck ya!!!!'”
As the actor, producer, businessman and former WWE Titan pointed out, fans shouldn’t expect Johnson to add a career in music to his ever-expanding schedule. Diversity: “I never had ambitions to be a hip hop artist or a rapper, so the simple answer is no. But I saw an opportunity here to make a song that really inspired me to do more and fight for more. I have always loved music. I love hip hop and blues and outlaw country music.”
However, he noted that he would be open to another collaborative opportunity, adding: “If the song is right and if the collaboration feels genuine and authentic, I’ll love that.”
‘Face Off’ landed on Friday (October 8) as the sixth track from Yates’ 23rd album Take N9ne, ‘ASIN 9NE’. It comes as a follow-up to the rapper’s 2020 album, “Enterfier,” and also features guest appearances from the likes of Lil Wayne, Marley Young and E-40.
Johnson recently made news for the discovery of a supernatural doppelgnger from Alabama, who himself described the comparison as “flattering” and said he would be called “The Rock and Vin Diesel’s love child.”
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Johnson’s film career is also on the rise after starring alongside Emily Blunt in the recent Disney blockbuster Jungle Cruise. Later this year he will appear in the Netflix thriller red noticeSharing the screen with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.
Earlier this year, Johnson confirmed that he had left fast and furious franchise, and it was revealed that Blunt ghosted him when he first approached her to star in Jungle Cruise.
He also said he would consider a future presidential race if it was “what the people wanted”. As of April, 46 percent of Americans would consider voting for him in 2024.