Details are emerging about a new music project AEW is working on. In an interview with Danny Ocean, AEW commentator and coach Mark Henry revealed that AEW has been working on a hip-hop compilation album, slated for release during Black History Month.
“AEW is coming out, during Black History Month, there’s a hip-hop group that’s putting together right now that I think the world is really, really going to love,” Henry said. “I’ve always loved to see people in our industry trading brands, connecting and doing things that weren’t expected of them.”
Upon news, AEW composer Mickey Ruckus took to Twitter to respond to a combat post revealing more details about the project. In a short thread, Rukus revealed that he had brought together several producers, musicians, rappers, and artists to work together on the project, with the goal of creating music to tell stories of AEW’s black talent, while also celebrating black supremacy.
“Some context,” Ruckus wrote on Twitter. “This has been in the works for a while. To give a better understanding. I’ve brought together many familiar producers, musicians and rappers/artists in our pro wrestling space to come together and deliver great music that tells the stories of our black talent. This is a celebration of black excellence. It’s true and pure storytelling. .Each star gets an original song written about their appearance.We will press a limited commemorative CD to purchase with 100% of proceeds going to charity.
“You’ll hear music created by: IamLioRushPlatinumMaxSonnyKissXOIsiahKassidyMegaRanOmegaSparxJDeanWilliamsDARTrueGod @R8edR_IAmBrinsonWilliamRBRRightzyousRegItsright. The music playing is amazing and the world can’t wait to hear it!”
In a subsequent tweet, Rukus also confirmed that Monteasy will also be part of the collaboration. In addition to his career as a rapper/artist, Monteasy is also the co-host of the Swerve City podcast with wrestler Shane Strickland, known as Killshot in Lucha Underground and Isaiah Swerve Scott in WWE NXT.
“Guess the cat is out of the bag,” Will Washington, one of the collaborators, said on Twitter. “Some of you know that music and production are some of my passions and when I was asked to participate in doing something special to highlight black talent and see who got involved in it, it was a no-brainer.”
While the compilation is slated for a February release, as Mark Henry and Ruckus have noted, AEW nor anyone else has confirmed a tough compilation release date. News of this project broke less than two weeks after AEW President Tony Khan received negative backlash over his response to former AEW star Big Swole regarding her comments about diversity in AEW.
You can read Rukus and Washington’s tweets below.
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