Analyzing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s verse on Tech N9ne’s “Face Off”

The Rock features on Face Off

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made history yet again, but this time it’s not in a squared circle or on the big cinema screen. Aside from a few Broadway musical appearances and an ad-lib-based appearance on a 2000 Wyclef Jean song, The Rock has made his rap debut on a new Tech N9ne song. The song is titled “Face Off” and is featured on the Kansas City-based rapper’s newest album, “ASIN9NE’. 

Since this is such a massive deal and could fast and furiously change the course of music as we know it (Potentially sending it on a Jungle Cruise like path), it’s necessary to document these historical lyrics and figure out the Central Intelligence of the hard-hitting bars from the former WWE Champion.

Dwayne starts off his verse by proclaiming that “It’s about drive, it’s about power” before stating that “we stay hungry, we devour“.

This bar is a bit confusing. Dwayne clearly states that he stays hungry, despite also claiming that he devours. Johnson is known for his large meals, but you’d think that his drive and power would make up for those empty calories.

Dwayne goes on to say that he “Put in the work, put in the hours and take what’s ours“. You’d think that with all of the work and hours he puts in that he wouldn’t have time to steal what is supposedly “his”.

Rock goes on to say “I change the game so what’s my m***********’ name? (Rock)”. There’s no question that Dwayne deserves all of the praise for being a massive part of the Attitude Era, no argument from me here. Watch the profanity though, Rocky.o

Desecration, defamation, if you wanna bring it to the masses, Face to face now we escalatin’ when I have to put boots to asses” is a line about the Rock threatening to beat somebody up if they try to defame him in a public manner. That’s standard for a wrestler though, right? The Rock even works in one of his old catchphrases, although the “boots to asses” line was a cornerstone of Rock’s 2010 run and not his attitude era peak. Somebody should let it be known that if I had a platform, I would defame all of his movies in a very public manner.

“Mean on ya like a dream when I’m rumblin’ You’re gonna scream, “Mama” So bring drama to the king Brahma (Then what?) Comin’ at ya’ with extreme mana (Ahoo, ahoo, ahoo) is the final bar on Johnson’s verse. Dwayne is still threatening to beat people up here, this time proclaiming that his beatdown will make them cry out for help from their birth giver. Also, Dwayne advises that you shouldn’t bring drama near him because he’ll come at you with the “extreme mana”, whatever that means.

The song has amassed 3.3 Million views on YouTube in only four days, proving that “The Rock” still is a draw. The video is outdrawing nearly any episode of Raw or Smackdown in the past 4 years as well.

But it doesn’t matter what I think, right Maivia?


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