It’s not April 1, is it? Is it? A previously unreleased 1986 recording of Vin Diesel rapping over lopsided Arthur Russell beats has been uploaded to the SoundCloud page of Gary Lucas (collaborator with the likes of Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed and Jeff Buckley).

The following text accompanies the 3:24 clip, and explains its provenance:

Fragments of an aborted recording session at Battery Sound NYC in 1986 which brought together fledgling rapper Mark Sinclair–today better known as the actor Vin Diesel–and avant composer/dance music maven Arthur Russell in a project midwifed by Gary Lucas, who discovered Mark Sinclair rapping and break-dancing on the streets of the West Village, and greenlighted by Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records and Barry Feldman of Upside/Logarhythm records.

“I’m the Man of Steel” the teenage Sinclair asserts, foreshadowing his stellar ascent as a worldwide action movie hero (“Triple XXX”, “Pitch Dark”, and most recently the #1 box office hit “Fast Five”)– but even Diesel is no match for Arthur’s crafty diabolical beats, which keep dropping “the one” out from under him, breaking up Sinclair’s delivery and eventually rendering the session useless.

“It’s the white part of me fucking it up!”
–Mark Sinclair at the recording session

What next? Larry Levan remixing The Cookie Monster? Wait a second…

Stream: Second Edition – Vin Diesel vs Arthur Russell