You Can't See Me

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You Can't See Me
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Studio album by John Cena & Tha Trademarc
Released May 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 65:27
Label WWE, Columbia
Producer James McEwan (exec.), Todd Spadafore (exec.), Jake Dutton (co-exec.), Eli Nachowitz, Hidden Agenda
John Cena & Tha Trademarc chronology
- You Can't See Me
Singles from You Can't See Me
  1. "The Time Is Now"
    Released: April 9, 2005 (2005-04-09)
  2. "Bad Bad Man"
  3. "Right Now"
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 studio album by WWE wrestler John Cena and his cousin, Tha Trademarc, billed together as John Cena & Tha Trademarc. It was released on May 10, 2005, by WWE and Columbia Records. The album features guest appearances from Esoteric and Bumpy Knuckles, who featured on several songs throughout the album. The album production was handled by James McEwan and Todd Spadafore, with the duo serving as the executive producers on the album. The album's cover art is based on Cena's customized WWE Championship belt, while the title comes from his popular catchphrase coined on WWE television. The album debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 charts with over 143,000 copies sold in the first week of its release.[4][5] In the United Kingdom, the album peaked at #103 on the UK Albums Chart,[6] and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA, selling 1,346,000 units as of October 8, 2010.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Time is Now"   John Cena, Marc Predka, Julian "Jay" Alphonso Williams Jake Dutton 2:58
2. "Don't Fuck With Us"   Cena, Predka Eli Nachowitz 3:24
3. "Flow Easy" (featuring Bumpy Knuckles) Cena, Predka, James Campbell Hidden Agenda 3:47
4. "Right Now"   Cena, Predka James McEwan, Todd Spadafore 3:47
5. "Make it Loud"   Cena, Predka McEwan, Spadafore 4:20
6. "Just Another Day"   Cena, Predka Jake Dutton 3:58
7. "Summer Flings"   Cena, Predka, R. Debona James McEwan, Todd Spadafore 3:35
8. "Keep Frontin'" (featuring Bumpy Knuckles) Cena, Predka, Campbell Hidden Agenda 4:21
9. "We Didn't Want You to Know"   Cena, Predka Jake Dutton 4:16
10. "Bad, Bad Man" (featuring Bumpy Knuckles) Cena, Predka, Campbell James McEwan, Todd Spadafore 2:47
11. "Running Game"   Cena, Predka McEwan, Spadafore 3:52
12. "Beantown" (featuring Esoteric) Cena, Predka, Seamus Ryan McEwan, Spadafore 3:47
13. "This is How We Roll"   Cena, Predka McEwan, Spadafore 4:09
14. "What Now?"   Cena, Predka McEwan, Spadafore 4:30
15. "Know the Rep"   Cena, Predka, Campbell Jake Dutton 2:59
16. "Chain Gang is the Clique"   Cena, Predka Dutton 3:52
17. "If it All Ended Tomorrow"   Cena, Predka James McEwan, Todd Spadafore 4:30


  • The album went through several titles including Underground, Basic Thuganomics, 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 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 Tha Trademarc's MySpace page.
  • "Bad, Bad Man" was used in trailers for the fifth season of the FOX 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 a lawsuit 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. They dropped the lawsuit two months later.[14][15]


  • The music video for "Bad, Bad Man" spoofs 1980s culture, and focusing on the television series The A-Team, with guest stars like Gary Coleman and impersonators of Michael Jackson, Madonna, among other popular celebrities. This video is featured on the DVD for WWE's 2005 edition of Judgment Day.


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 32
Italian Albums (FIMI)[17] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 103
US Billboard 200[19] 15
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[20] 10
US Rap Albums (Billboard)[21] 3
US Internet Albums (Billboard)[21] 47


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "RapReviews review". 2005-05-10. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Stylus Magazine review". Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  4. ^ "John Cena - Artist Chart History". Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  5. ^ "John Cena - Artist Chart History". 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". 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. ^ AbduSalaam, Ismael (December 19, 2008). "M.O.P.’s Lawsuit Against John Cena Voluntarily Dismissed". All Hip Hop. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "John Cena & Tha Trademarc – You Can't See Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  17. ^ "John Cena & Tha Trademarc – You Can't See Me". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  18. ^ "Chart Log UK – Chart Coverage and Record Sales 2005". Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "John Cena - Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  20. ^ "John Cena - Chart History - R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  21. ^ a b "John Cena - Chart History - Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-10-29.