Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his 49th birthday this weekend and was inspired to spit some bars to ring in his new year of life. The Titanic actor rapped along to Gang Starr’s “DWYCK,” among a few other tracks.
Footage surfaced online of the 49-year-old film legend holding a microphone and rapping to his party’s attendees as if he wrote the track, which featured Nice-N-Smooth himself. While many people enjoyed the moment and wished DiCaprio a happy birthday, some internet users were not too fond of the performance.
“I can’t bring myself to turn on the sound button omg,” one person wrote on a Reddit thread where the video was posted. “The rapping is a bit cringe but who among us hasn’t delivered a less than stellar karaoke performance?” another person asked.
It wasn’t all negativity though; “I don’t find this cringe. It’s his birthday party. He’s having fun and everyone is enjoying themselves,” one person wrote in response to the critiques. Check out footage of DiCaprio’s performance of Gang Starr’s “DWYCK” below.
They got Leonardo DiCaprio rapping to Gang Starr's DWYCK featuring Nice-N-Smooth at his birthday party pic.twitter.com/8X1MtI3KHO
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Leonardo DiCaprio has a long-running history with Hip-Hop and has been embraced by many within the culture. He maintains a close friendship with Q-Tip after attending A Tribe Called Quest concerts in the 1990s. At one point, he pitched to take part in a Wu-Tang Clan biopic.
“He talked about his production company and all the directors he thought might do a great job—and these were big names and people he’d worked with,” Raekwon wrote in his 2021 memoir From Staircase To Stage. “He was super open to the idea, and after that meal, he had his production company executives reach out to me.”
The idea ultimately did not materialize, as Raekwon correctly suspected RZA was apprehensive about working with DiCaprio due to already being in talks with another production company, despite not directly telling the group. Those conversations led to what would later become the popular three-season series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
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