John Cena is open to collaboration as he has invited rap superstar Eminem to pen a new verse for his iconic theme song ‘The Time Is Now.’
Cena has used his theme music which he performed himself since the 17th of March 2005 edition of SmackDown – just a few short weeks before Cena won his first WWE Championships at WrestleMania 21. Before ‘The Time Is Now’ John Cena’s theme was another self-penned track called ‘Basic Thuganomics.’
Speaking to Esquire, the sixteen-time champion of the world responded when asked about a fan-made remix of ‘The Time Is Now’ featuring a verse from Eminem. For Cena, a verse from The Real Slim Shady would be a welcome addition to the track:
“I would simply have him write a verse because he’s one of the most gifted, prolific poets I’ve ever had the chance to listen to. I think if you gave him this music rather than rehashing something he made for a specific beat, I would like to think he would completely put me to shame by giving it his own Eminem touch.”
“So, Em, if you’re down to write some bars, borrow the track. It is a catchy tune. I don’t know, think about it. Mull it over, get back to me. Or don’t get back to me, whatever.”
‘The Time Is Now’ was the opening track on Cena’s ‘You Can’t See Me’ album released off the back of his WWE Title success in May 2005. All the songs on the album were co-written by John Cena and his cousin Tha Trademarc including the second single released from the album ‘Bad Bad Man.’ The album debuted in the Billboard 200 chart at number 15 after selling 40,000 copies in the first week of its release. In 2010 the album was certified as platinum after sales topped 1.3 million.