Sunday, May 6, 2007

Be A Man, A Macho Man

In 2003 Macho Man Randy Savage, wrestler and Slim Jim spokes model decided to add Rapper to his resume.

The results are, from a musical perspective so awful, just really, incredibly, mind blowingly awful, but like all the best examples of awful there's a brilliance at work here. The character he has created is intact throughout the album, so much so that I have to wonder how much of it is just this guy being himself.

The second Macho Man comes on and in his trade mark grumble informs the listener that "Now I'm spittin' Lyrics" you'll be rolling.

He introduces the concept of Rock and Roll being combined with hip hop as it if it were brand new, as if it wasn't already stale and cheezy when Kid Rock wrote "I take the hip hop, and mix it with the punk rock" in 1998 which was already 12 years after Run DMC and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."

"Oh Yeah, I like that. A little Rock and Rooolllllll with a little hip-hop, oh yeah." Funny stuff, but again, totally in character, and speaking of Oh Yeah, has anyone else noticed that this guy is a total Kool-Aid Man rip off?

The highlight for me comes when we reach the sentimental track, a must for every hip hop album right? The music goes all R. Kelly as The Macho (and really quite sensitive) Man sings a loving, dare I say almost romantic tribute to his fallen comrade, cocaine casualty Mr. Perfect.

Also amazing is that DJ Kool does a guest spot. Well, DJ Kool hasn't had much work this decade, I guess it's not that surprising that he'd accept pretty much any gig offered. Having givin' us one of the all time great hip hop anthems (1996's Let Me Clear My Throat) though, I hope he chuckled all the way to the bank at the thought of guesting on Macho Man's rap album.
Of course this is far from the first time a professional wrestler has ventured into a recording studio. 1985's The Wrestling Album has some great tracks. Macho Man, while featured, was not given a track of his own; A travesty that his momentous talent should have been overlooked. Click Here for free mp3 downloads from The Wrestling Album.

And none of Macho Man's tracks come anywhere even close to being the worst song by a celebrity turned rap act. That dubious distinction goes to The Chicago Bears whose seven minute monstrosity The Superbowl Shuffle helped make 1985 a benchmark year for awful music. (The runner up would have to be 1987's City of Crime, with Dan Ackroyd and Tom Hanks rapping to promote their terrible Dragnet movie.)

Now, I got to get this thing ready to go out with the morning mail. I want this beauty in Brett's CD player as soon as possible. I'll leave you with a sample of the amazing lyrics, the ones that Macho Man spits:

Huh Hulk Hogan, Hollywood Hulkster
whatever they call you, I'm coming after you, you coward

Hot diggity damn Hulk I'm glad you set it off (set if off)
Used to be hard Hulk now ya done turned soft
Doin' telephone commercials I seen ya
Dancin' in tights as a ballerina
I knew all along you had those tendencies
Cuz you've been runnin' from Macho like I got a disease
Dude please your pay per view event was a joke
You're avoidin' Randy Savage cuz you know you'll get smoked
Come on that phony fight the Rock spanked you fast
But when I challenged Hogan to a real fight he passed
I called him out but the punk was scared to go
It was a charity event but the Hulk didn't show
Hollywood Hulkster you're at the end of your rope
And I'm a kick ya in the butt and wash your mouth out with soap
Cuz like Rodney Dangerfield you gets' no respect
So come on Hulk let's wreck so I can put you in check

Be a man Hulk Come on don't be scared
Your runnin' from Macho that's what I heard

Be a man Hogan Come on don't be a chump
I never thought Hulk would go out like a punk

Be a man Hulk Come on don't be scared
You're runnin' from Macho that's what I heard

Be a man Hogan Boy you's a chump
Cuz Hulk Hogan is a real big punk

They call you Hollywood (huh, huh) don't make me laugh
Cuz your movies and your actin' skills are both trash
Your movies straight to video, the box office can't stand
While I got myself a feature role in Spider Man
Ya hidin' man but when I find you it's on
And when I slam ya to the dirt you'll wish you's never born
I smell a coward mmmm is that you Hogan
Macho's gonna kick ya butt is the slogan
You try to ignore me thinkin' I'll go away
But I'm a keep on messin' wit ya dude day after day
And once you step to Macho, you're through
The joke's on you so Hulk what you gonna do
Probably nothing cuz you're a real big punk
You called my dad up on the phone, man you's a chump
Cuz if you really got static take it up with me
And I'll punk ya butt out for the world to see

[CHORUS] 2X (as if one time wasn't bad enough!!!)


Christopher Trottier said...

I'm dying here. I got to give this a listen. Oh, and while I'm at it, I thought I'd show you this interview of Macho Man.

KLJ said...

Well Chris I just spent a good 20 minutes at work looking at your blog without even getting around the Macho Man interview. Good stuff.
I'll check out the interview when I get home lest I get fired. Thanks