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#ThemeSongTuesday: Long Live Roppongi Vice


I don't always feature non-WWE themes in this column, but when I do, it's because there's something incredibly special about them that needs to be shared.

Over the last month or two, I've been hitting the gym to the tune of a Spotify playlist we've collaborated on here at the Smark Henry Offices. It's appropriately entitled "Smark Healthy Hits the Gym" and for the most part, it helps me get through the squats as they become more and more challenging.

Sometime last week, an NJPW theme got added to the playlist—one I'd heard before and initially liked, but never got to appreciate in full since I'm a New Japan casual, at best.


First things first, Rocky Romero may not be all that good as a rapper, but the beat on this track gives me enough swag to think I can get through all my sets. I swear, it gets me every single time. It's a very slow beat, which works for those montages where you can have whoever you're shooting look like a gangster, complete with dramatic slow-motion effects. It's got the same vibe as Future's "Mask Off," basically.

The beat doesn't exactly open itself to complicated bars like you'd hear from Eminem or Kendrick Lamar; and when you listen to the lyrics, you'll realize that Romero's rhymes are pretty basic. What works for him is he doesn't sound white, unlike a lot of the vocalists CFO$ gets for the rap themes they produce.

Lyrically, the song just establishes what RPG Vice is all about. These guys are foreigners living it up in Roppongi, which has a reputation as one of Tokyo's red-light district. They're up all night (no sleep), they're dressed to the nines, the ladies love them, and they put all the other junior heavyweights down.


On the bright side, since this was a theme by wrestlers and for wrestlers, it gave RPG Vice that added swag to give them that boost whenever they made their entrance. And yes, this was basically a joint effort by friends. You had Rocky on main vocals, and I'm assuming the beat and the lyrics. You can hear Beretta yelling phrases in the background as Rocky's backup vocalist, which is pretty trippy and funny.

And then there's Chuck Taylor, who not only gets a shoutout in the second verse, but adlibs in the bridge, where RPG Vice tells you just how many fucks they actually give about everything. Spoiler alert: it's zero. One last note about Rocky Romero and his friends, that shoutout towards the end to his former tag team partner, Alex Koslov, was a nice touch.

The best part is how the hook is easy to LSS on. Roppongi. Roppongi. Roppongi lights. Roppongi Vice. Aaaaaaaand, now it's stuck.

Sure, RPG Vice has already disbanded now that Beretta's moved up to the heavyweight division and Rocky's managing Roppongi 3K and being part of New Japan's management. But they'll always have this song, dripping with swag, reminding them of the good ol' times.

Header photo from Ring of Honor


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Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.

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