You Can't See Me

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You Can't See Me
Studio album by John Cena & Tha Trademarc
Released May 10, 2005 (U.S.)
May 30, 2005 (U.K.)
Recorded 2004 - 05
Genre Hip-hop
Length 65:27
Label Columbia Records/WWE
CK 92498
Producer Chaos
Eligh
Freakas
Hidden Agenda
Jake One & Kutfather
John Cena & Tha Trademarc chronology
- You Can't See Me
(2005)
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Singles from You Can't See Me
  1. "My Time Is Now"
  2. "Bad Bad Man (featuring Bumpy Knuckles)"
  3. "Right Now"
Audio sample
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
RapReviews 7.5/10 stars[2]
Stylus Magazine (D+)[3]

You Can't See Me is the debut album of WWE wrestler John Cena and his cousin Tha Trademarc. Released on May 10, 2005 by WWE Music Group, the album debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 charts with over 143,000 copies sold in the first week released.[4][5] In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at #103 on the UK Albums Chart.[6] John Cena sold 1,346,000 units as of October 8, 2010.

It features a guest appearance by Boston rapper Esoteric on one track, and Bumpy Knuckles on several. The cover art is based on Cena's customized WWE Championship belt, while the title comes from his popular catchphrase.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1 The Time is Now John Cena & Marc Predka, and Julian "Jay" Alphonso Williams Jake Dutton (aka Jake One) 2:58
2 Don't Wanna Fuck With Us John Cena & Marc Predka Eli Nachowitz aka Eligh 3:24
3 Flow Easy (feat. Bumpy Knuckles) Cena, Predka, Freddie Foxxx Hidden Agenda 3:47
4 Right Now John Cena & Marc Predka James McEwan & Todd Spadafore (aka Chaos & Order) 3:47
5 Make it Loud John Cena & Marc Predka Chaos & Order 4:20
6 Just Another Day John Cena & Marc Predka Jake One 3:58
7 Summer Flings Cena, Predka, R. DeBona Chaos & Order 3:35
8 Keep Frontin' (feat. Bumpy Knuckles) Cena, Predka, Foxxx Hidden Agenda 4:13
9 We Didn't Want You to Know John Cena & Marc Predka Jake One 4:16
10 Bad, Bad Man (feat. Bumpy Knuckles) Cena, Predka, Foxxx Chaos & Order 3:31
11 Running Game John Cena & Marc Predka Chaos & Order 3:52
12 Beantown (feat. Esoteric) Cena, Predka, Seamus Ryan Chaos & Order 3:47
13 This is How We Roll John Cena & Marc Predka Chaos & Order 4:09
14 What Now John Cena & Marc Predka Chaos & Order 4:30
15 Know the Rep Cena, Predka, Foxxx Jake One 2:59
16 Chain Gang is the Clique John Cena & Marc Predka Chaos & Order 3:52
17 If it All Ended Tomorrow John Cena & Marc Predka Chaos & Order 4:30

Videos[edit]

The Advertisement for You Can't See Me from WWE Themeaddict Vol. 6 CD

Notes[edit]

  • The album went through several titles including "Underground", "Basic Thuganomics", and others before being released as "You Can't See Me".
  • The first track, "The Time is Now", is currently being used by Cena as his entrance music.
  • "The Time Is Now" contains samples from "Ante Up" by M.O.P. and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Bobby Russell.[7]
  • "Right Now" contains samples from "Now" by L.T.D..[8]
  • "Just Another Day" contains samples from "As Long as You Are There" by Carolyn Franklin.[9]
  • "Summer Flings" contains samples from "Dance the Kung-Fu" by Carl Douglas.[10]
  • "Keep Frontin'" contains samples from "On the Mic" by Big L.[11]
  • "Beantown" contains samples from "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton.[12]
  • Cena originally stated on WWE.com that his previous entrance theme song, "Basic Thuganomics", would appear on the album.[13] However, it did not make it onto the album. It was, however, released on the WWE Originals soundtrack album in January 2004.
  • "If it All Ended Tomorrow" was used in the ending credits of Cena's movie, The Marine.
  • An additional track, "The Underground", was made available on the Trademarcs MySpace page.
  • "Bad, Bad Man" was used in trailers for the fifth season of the FX drama The Shield that focused on the Jon Kavanaugh character, and in the trailer for Seth Rogen comedy, Observe and Report.
  • On October 14, 2008, M.O.P. filed suit in a New York Federal Court against WWE and Cena. The group claimed that Cena and WWE stole parts of their song "Ante Up" for "The Time is Now". M.O.P. sought the destruction of the song and asked for $150,000 in damages. M.O.P. dropped the lawsuit two months later.[14][15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[16] 15
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 10
US Rap Albums (Billboard)[18] 3
US Internet Albums (Billboard)[18] 47

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "RapReviews review". Rapreviews.com. 2005-05-10. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Stylus Magazine review". Stylusmagaine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  4. ^ "John Cena - Artist Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  5. ^ "John Cena - Artist Chart History". filmbug.com. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK - 2005". Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  7. ^ Yuke's (2007). "WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008". THQ.  Ending credits.
  8. ^ "John Cena and Tha Trademarc's Right Now sample of L.T.D.'s Now". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  9. ^ "John Cena's Just Another Day sample of Carolyn Franklin's As Long as You Are There". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  10. ^ "John Cena and Tha Trademarc's Summer Flings sample of Carl Douglas's Dance the Kung-Fu". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  11. ^ "John Cena, Freddie Foxxx and Tha Trademarc's Keep Frontin' sample of Big L's On the Mic". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  12. ^ "John Cena and Tha Trademarc feat. Esoteric's Beantown sample of Eric Clapton's Cocaine". Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  13. ^ "Cena talks about his new belt, new album, and his first week as WWE Champion". WWE.com. Retrieved 2007-05-17. the album also has my original theme music, “Basic Thuganomics.” 
  14. ^ "The Royalty Network vs. Sony BMG et al." (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  15. ^ http://allhiphop.com/2008/12/19/m-o-p-s-lawsuit-against-john-cena-voluntarily-dismissed/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "John Cena - Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  17. ^ "John Cena - Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  18. ^ a b "John Cena - Chart History - Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-29.