Mike Tyson wants a music career after featuring on Madonna’s latest album, and said his rap on a song for the artist was inspired by former Italian dictator Mussolini.
The retired boxer was recently announced as a featured artist on the track ‘Iconic’ along with Chance the Rapper on Madonna’s new album, ‘Rebel Heart’, and revealed the experience makes him think he would be a great solo artist.
He said: “Doing the song with Madonna makes me think this [music career] could really happen.
“Most guys that come in there drink a bunch of liquor or smoke 100 blunts. I just went in and boom, one take. Everyone thought it was cool.”
Although he will feature on the star’s upcoming album, the 48-year-old sportsman admitted the part he recorded for the track was a surprise even to him as she called him up out of the blue to rap on the song.
He explained: “Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go.
“I didn’t know what the hell I was going there for. 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.”
Due to the last minute nature of the recording, Mike – who has six children – added he completely ad-libbed his contribution and strangely took inspiration from the “street swag” of former Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: “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.
“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. This guy’s a hypnotic figure. There’s so much pride behind what he’s saying. I’m not even Italian and I feel the pride he’s projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop.”