On May 10, 2005, Columbia Records and the WWE released You Can't See Me, the debut (and to date, only) album by John Cena. Cena, though it seems like a distant memory now, came to prominence and first gained his immense popularity by being a "white thug" who rapped disses to his opponents. He had previously released one track, "Basic Thuganomics," on the thoroughly terrible album WWE Originals, which featured wrestlers singing and rapping original songs.
You Can't See Me was a bonafide success. The album (which was actually by John Cena and Tha Trademarc, who is Cena's first cousin, Marc Predka) sold 143,000 copies in its first week and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. It peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 and at No. 3 on Billboard U.S. Rap Albums.
Now, nine years later, SB Nation has assembled a dream team of sportswriters to listen to this album and figure out whether the time is now. We have painstakingly gone through this
landmarc landmark LP, track by track. Click below to begin your journey.