Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just gave a shoutout to the artist behind his favorite new workout song: rapper Big Sean, whose track ‘Beserk’, featuring A$ AP Ferg, is now on The Rock’s gym playlist “for life.” In an Instagram video, The Rock revealed that plenty of musicians reach out to him with their material, promising that it will be the perfect anthem for working out in his Iron Paradise, but that few songs live up to that promise. ‘Beserk’, though, has what it takes to rank alongside the greats on The Rock’s gym playlist.
“This message is for my boy Big Sean, and A$ AP Ferg,” Johnson says in the video. “You can hear his new song in the background right now, it’s called ‘Berserk’. So, Big Sean hit me up and he said something that a lot of my hip-hop artist friends tell me, and they say ‘yo Rock, I got this new track, it’s a banger for your Iron Paradise, it’s gonna get you hyped and keep you going!’ And I always say, ‘you sure about that?’ ‘Oh yeah, this is the one, Rock!’ And sometimes it’s a banger, and I play it and they pass the Iron Paradise test, and sometimes it doesn’t.”
“So, proud to say congrats to Big Sean and A$ AP Ferg, and Hit-Boy who’s also credited. This song is a banger, it passed the Iron Paradise test. It’s midnight, I’m on my honeymoon, and I’m in here working out! So thank you, thank you very much brother, I appreciate you sending me this song, and congrats to all you boys for putting out a banger. In perpetuity, for life!”
‘Berserk’ is in good company: Johnson’s Iron Paradise playlist consists of music giants like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Tupac Shakur and Tupac Shakur.
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