In mid-October, Dwayne Johnson’s official rap debut featured Strange Music co-founder Tech N9ne’s “Face Off” from his latest release, ASIN9NE, in a viral smash. By the end of the month, the song became the country’s No.1 rap song, became the No.1 video on YouTube. [Ed. Note: At the time of this writing, the music video has 14.4 million views on the Strange Music page], and became the # 1 song on TikTok, about a verse that originally wasn’t even meant to be a verse.
At the end of a recent junket interview with Complex for Netflix Red Notice– which is now in theaters and arriving on the streaming service Nov. 12 – Dwayne Johnson has opened up on how his viral verse on Tech N9ne’s ‘Face Off’ was born. “Just to let you know, and everyone at the Complex [knows]Johnson began, explaining that Tech N9ne initially asked if Johnson wanted to be part of a ‘badass hymn’ that already contained verses from Joey Cool and King Iso. you would come at the end and just do the spoken word. ”I said,“ In what way? He said, ‘I don’t know. Maybe like a rock promo, like you’re in WWE. ‘ And I said, ‘OK, cool. Let me hear it.
After checking out what Tech N9ne, Joey Cool, and King Iso did to the track, Johnson got inspired. “I called [Tech] and I said, ‘Look, brother, I have an idea,’ ”Johnson said. “It could be a good idea or a goddamn trash can.” ” He’s laughing. He said, ‘What is this?’ I said, ‘I want to try to rap this. Really let me try to attack a few bars for you. He says, ‘Do you want to do this?’ I said, ‘I’d love to do that because if I just do a Rock promo at the end, I honestly feel like I’m not doing you and the boys a good service. I really want to come and help elevate myself in any way I can.