|Dusty Rhodes was Hip-Hop!|
Millz in this bitch, he said fuck them hoes/And the jewelry bright, like summer clothes/And I keep some bud like Rudy Huxtable/I’m bout to slam the beat, nigga Dusty Rhodes/I’m from eagle street, I go Hercules
Time to drop these ‘bows like Dusty Rhodes/Then I yell ho/We knocking em off they feet like a Southern hustler supposed to do
I eat the biggest piece of chicken at the table/Let ’em know I’m hungry, Polo on the Rugby/The .44 long, surely got a trusty hove/Tryna live the American dream, Dusty Rhodes, yeah
“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. He tells a tale of rap song in his autobiography “Dusty: Reflections of an American Dream.”
[O]ne of wrestling’s most colorful, and entertaining characters passed away recently.
Dusty Rhodes, who died at the age of 69 on June 11, 2015, was a pioneer of the wrestling industry.
Rhodes wrestled for all the great federations, including the American Wrestling Federation, Vince McMahon Sr.’s WWWF, Georgia Championship Wrestling, NWA, WCW, WWF, ECW and TNA.
Most wrestling fans will remember Dusty Rhodes for his unique white hair and his barrel-shaped body, his bloody matches with foes like Rick Flair and his impact on wrestling’s development as a business.
Most people may not be aware of it, but Dusty Rhodes recorded a rap song.
The record came at the height of his fame, after wrestling exploded on cable television, thanks to Georgia Championship Wrestling, TBS and a new technology called cable.
Because of cable, wrestling invaded millions of new households in the mid to late 1980’s, the time period Rhodes was signed to Vince McMahon’s WWF (currently the WWE).
According to Dusty Rhodes, he was living large, like a rapper, thanks to his new-found fame as a wrestling star.
The night he cut a rap record, he was headlining Madison Square Garden in a match against superstar Billy Graham. After their fight Dusty Rhodes headed over to the Hit Factory to cut his rap record titled “Let’s Get Funky.”
“I didn’t really understand what we were trying to do there, as I was more into Country [music],” Dusty Rhodes explained. “What they set me up with was actually a rap record called ‘Let’s Get Funky,’ with seven or eight black chicks on the track singing back up and everybody getting…well, funky. Just like, there I was with a mama in the kitchen that night and I was just kind of messing around with the whole thing, not knowing the seriousness of it all.”
Dusty Rhodes said to make it more complicated, he had practiced singing a remake of a country song by Willie Nelson.
“I thought that’s kind of what it was going to be about; a wrestling song with a country twist,” Dusty Rhodes said.
Apparently, Dusty Rhodes first attempt to rap seems to have been lost to history (if anybody has a copy please send it to us). Right after he finished recording, Vince McMahon presented Rhodes with a contract on the spot, at The Hit Factory.
“Nobody would dare bring an attorney into a meeting with Vince at that point in time, but I did, and so that deal didn’t look real good when we got into the limo,” Dusty Rhodes said. “Vince was pretty perturbed with it as he had that ‘nobody stands up to me’ attitude. But hell, I was ‘The American Dream…”
There’s no doubt that the wrestling – and the Hip-Hop world – will miss “The American Dream” and his larger-than-life personality.