Madonna and Mike Tyson Wrote a Dance Song Inspired by a Fascist Ruler

Mike Tyson has had some of his most famous scandals over the years, however, not everyone knows that he once praised a famous fascist dictator. Tyson once praised Benito Mussolini, comparing aspects of his practices to hip-hop culture. Ironically, Tyson revealed that he drew inspiration from Mussolini for a song he collaborated with Madonna.

Mike Tyson and Che Guevara tattoo
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Mike Tyson on why Benito Mussolini was ‘mesmerizing’

according to Rolling Stone, it all started when Madonna wanted to work with Tyson. “Madonna calls you and tells you to come somewhere, you go,” Tyson says. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going through. Tyson came into the studio to see Madonna and her producer. He built a path called “Iconic,” talking about his life. Tyson said he felt like his music career could begin because he was working with Madonna. Considering the release of “Iconic” in 2015 and Tyson hasn’t had any hits since, his feelings proved wrong – so far at least.

Tyson revealed that he drew inspiration from an incredible source – and through it. “When I did it, I think about being like someone [Benito] Mussolini and they are very arrogant, but you will try to come from a positive perspective and be inspirational, ”he said. “Watching Mussolini on television – even if we don’t understand what he’s saying – is so amazing. I look at myself that way. ”

Benito Mussolini on balcony
Benito Mussolini | Keystone / Getty Images

How the world adopted the ‘Image’

So did this weird and unbelievable combination of Mussolini, Tyson, Chance the Rapper, and Queen of Pop appeal to an audience? “Symbolic” did not record the Billboard Hot 100. Considering Madonna recorded so many songs called “Queen of Pop,” that says something. Apparently, people don’t like fascism in their dance music.

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