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$5 Million Worth American Rapper Left Jaw-Dropped as Mike Tyson Tells the “Evil” Truth Behind Logo of a Record Label He Works With

Published 10/02/2023, 4:19 PM EDT

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Mike Tyson holds the record for being the youngest Heavyweight champion. However, he is more than just a boxing icon. His diverse interests, often referred to as the many sides of ‘Iron Mike,’ extend beyond the ring. Notably, he hosts a podcast called Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, where he invites people from diverse backgrounds and engages in deep conversations with them. This time, he had the hip-hop sensation, Symba beside him.

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Symba first gained fame in the early 2010s with a mainstream approach. As of today, he has a net worth of a staggering $5 million dollars. Symba, who hails from the Bay Area in California, described his unique rap style as “Ghetto Literacy.” His raps are characterized by their storytelling and socially aware lyrics. Thus, his presence in Tyson’s podcast was a unique blend of entertainment and combat sports. However, one topic that piqued the interest of Symba, as well as the audience, was Iron Mike’s knowledge about the history behind the name of Symba’s favorite record store in Berkeley.

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Symba and DJ Whoo Kid were talking about the changing landscape of Berkeley. While talking about the record stores in the area, Symba casually mentioned the Rasputin Record Store. When the discussion got to this point, Mike Tyson weighed in and unfurled the sinister history behind the name of the label.

Ken Sarachan founded Rasputin Music in 1971, originally as ‘Rasputin Records.’ The company is based in Berkeley, California. It’s the largest independent record store chain in the San Francisco Bay Area. The name ‘Rasputin’ comes from the infamous Russian monk Grigori Rasputin.


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Entering the conversation, Mike remarked, “That’s a Russian monk, Rasputin.. He’s evil. Yeah, he slept with all the royal women of the Tsar. The queen had a son, that was crippled, and had fevers. Yeah, and he explained if I die, the whole family’s gonna die. Grigori Rasputin was a monk in Tsar Russia. They couldn’t kill him; they poisoned him, shot him. He looks like a monk.”


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Furthermore, Symba nodded in amazement when he saw the image of Rasputin. He remarked in disbelief, “That’s what the logo looks like at the store. I never knew that. That’s crazy.” He even thanked Mike Tyson for sharing that insight with him.

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The episode showcased not just Tyson’s boxing prowess but also the depth of his knowledge of history, making it a unique blend of entertainment and education. So, what are your views about this unique discussion? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Written by:

Tanya Tewari


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Tanya Tewari is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports. She has beautifully blended her love for the combat sport with her fondness for writing. She is especially interested in bringing out the different sides of a persona to the rest of the world.
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Gokul Pillai