The Time Is Now (John Cena song)

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"The Time Is Now"
John Cena - The Time Is Now.jpg
Single by John Cena and Tha Trademarc
from the album You Can't See Me
Released April 9, 2005
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Pop Rap, g-funk
Length 2:57
Label WWE
Songwriter(s) John Cena, Marc Predka, Amanda Star, Robert L. Russell, J. Grinnage, E. Murry, D. Pittman, Julian "Jay" Alphonso Williams
Producer(s) Jake One
John Cena and Tha Trademarc singles chronology
"Basic Thuganomics"
"The Time Is Now"
"Bad Bad Man"
"Basic Thuganomics"
"The Time is Now"
"Bad Bad Man"
You Can't See Me track listing
"The Time is Now"
"Don't Fuck with Us"

"The Time Is Now" is a song by professional wrestler, actor, and hip hop musician John Cena. It is the current entrance theme Cena uses as he makes his entrance to the ring. Currently wrestling for WWE, Cena recorded the song in 2005 for his debut studio album, You Can't See Me.

The rap song was released on April 9, 2005 as the lead single from the album on Columbia and WWE Music Group. The song was released as a single on the iTunes Store on June 20, 2011.[1]

The song is widely known as being part of the Internet meme "Unexpected John Cena".


Cena made his television debut answering an open challenge by Kurt Angle on June 27, 2002.[2] In October, Cena and Billy Kidman took part in a tag team tournament to crown the first WWE Tag Team Champions of the SmackDown! brand, losing in the first round.[3] The next week, Cena turned on and attacked Kidman, blaming him for their loss, becoming a villain.[2] Shortly after the Kidman attack, on a Halloween themed episode of SmackDown, Cena dressed as Vanilla Ice performing a freestyle rap.[2] The next week, Cena received a new character: a rapper who cut promos while rhyming.[2]

He performed his own theme song, "Basic Thugonomics", and it was featured on the WWE soundtrack album WWE Originals. He also recorded a song,"Untouchables", for the company's next soundtrack album WWE ThemeAddict: The Music, Vol. 6. He collaborated on the song H-U-S-T-L-E remix along with Murs, E-40, and Chingo Bling.[4] Cena's debut album, You Can't See Me, was recorded with his cousin Tha Trademarc.


"The Time Is Now" was composed by Cena along with Marc Predka, Cena's cousin known by his stage name Tha Trademarc. Having recorded the album with Cena, Predka was featured on virtually every track of the album. Production was handled by Jake One. The song contains samples of "Ante Up" by M.O.P. which in turn samples "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar" by Sam & Dave and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence.[5]

On October 14, 2008, M.O.P. filed suit in a New York Federal Court against Sony BMG, Stephanie Music Publishing, Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, WWE and John Cena. The group alleged that Cena and the WWE stole parts of their song "Ante Up" for his theme song, arguing that the song was unlawfully sampled and clearly repeated three times, during the introduction, the second and third chorus. M.O.P. sought the destruction of the song and $150,000 in damages. They dropped the lawsuit two months later.[6][7]

In other media[edit]

The song was used in the video games WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16, WWE 2K17 .


  1. ^ "WWE: The Time Is Now (John Cena) - Single by John Cena & Tha Trademarc on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d Hamilton, Ian. Wrestling's Sinking Ship (p.67)
  3. ^ "SmackDown! results – October 10, 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved May 9, 2007. 
  4. ^ "H-U-S-T-L-E, MP3 Album page". eMusic. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2007. 
  5. ^ Yuke's (2007). WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008. THQ. 
  6. ^ "The Royalty Network vs. Sony BMG et al." (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  7. ^ AbduSalaam, Ismael (December 19, 2008). "M.O.P.’s Lawsuit Against John Cena Voluntarily Dismissed". All Hip Hop. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 

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