Mike Tyson Says His New Collaboration With Madonna Was Inspired By Mussolini

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01.23.15 2 Comments
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After an unsuccessful collaboration with The Cinema, Madonna is hoping for better luck on a track from her upcoming album, Rebel Heart, with guest stars Mike Tyson and Chance the Rapper, obviously. Tyson hasn’t heard “Iconic” yet, but he knows it’s going to be a jam, because that’s how his idol and spirit animal Benito Mussolini would have wanted it.

“Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,” Tyson says. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going there for. I’m just there having a good time and hanging out with Madonna. She has her producer there and I go into the studio and I didn’t know if she wanted me to talk or rap. I just go in there and start talking. I’m talking about my life and things that I have endured. I’m saying some really crazy stuff. It was really intense.”

Tyson ad-libbed his part of the song — which he says was done in one take — and drew inspiration from an unlikely icon. “When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they’re really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting. You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don’t understand what he’s saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way. (Via)

Especially Italians. They have no idea what that hack Mussolini was talking about. Tyson later added, “I know people may say ‘this guy’s a fascist’ and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him. No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him.”

So, to recap, “Iconic” will feature Madonna and the titular “I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson,” who was inspired by a fascist dictator that Hitler loved. Song of the year.

Via Rolling Stone

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