Published May 03, 2011Regardless of your opinion on Fast Five, bald, muscular action star Vin Diesel is probably a lot cooler than you. After all, he did rap over some hip-hop experiments from avant-garde mastermind Arthur Russell in the mid-1980s.
The Daily Swarm points to a SoundCloud player with snippets of Vin Diesel -- then known as Mark Sinclair -- rapping over some of Russell's lo-fi beats. The SoundCloud page offers the following explanation:
Fragments of an aborted recording session at Battery Sound NYC in 1986 which brought together fledgling rapper Mark Sinclair -- today better known as the actor Vin Diesel -- and avant composer/dance music maven Arthur Russell in a project midwifed by Gary Lucas, who discovered Mark Sinclair rapping and break-dancing on the streets of the West Village, and greenlighted by Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records and Barry Feldman of Upside/Logarhythm records.
"I'm the Man of Steel" the teenage Sinclair asserts, foreshadowing his stellar ascent as a worldwide action movie hero ("Triple XXX", "Pitch Dark", and most recently the #1 box office hit "Fast Five")-- but even Diesel is no match for Arthur's crafty diabolical beats, which keep dropping "the one" out from under him, breaking up Sinclair's delivery and eventually rendering the session useless.
"It's the white part of me fucking it up!"
--Mark Sinclair at the recording session
Check out the snippets, tagged as "Second Edition," here.