Mike Tyson says he was inspired to sing by one of the most hated dictators of all time … Benito Mussolini.
Tyson was talking to Rolling Stone about his vocal cameo on the upcoming Madonna song “Iconic” when he said he drew inspiration from the former Italian dictator.
“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.” But then Tyson ups his game … by saying he can’t blame Adolf Hitler for admiring the Italian leader.
“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.”