Former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney has released a self-written rap song about the coronavirus pandemic as she tries to forge a new career as a musician.
The 24-year-old, who was one of five members of the U.S. gymnastics team that claimed gold in London in 2012, released her song COVID Lockdown earlier this month and debuted on a number of music sites, including Spotify and iTunes.
‘[To be honest] I wrote COVID Lockdown as a joke, but every time I listen to it I have to laugh and I think we can all laugh now, ‘said Mckayla announcing that the song has been released on Instagram.
‘New chapter’: former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney forges a new career as a singer and released one of her first songs, a rap song about the COVID-19 pandemic
Light Up the Mood: Titled COVID Lockdown, the 24-year-old’s song is an ironic commentary on Los Angeles, her hometown
“I love your guests [so much]!! I wish I had words to make things better. Hopefully music will help a bit. ‘
During the song, which also features rapper JIG LeFrost, McKayla flaunts her rap and singing talents as she shares her thoughts on blocking the corona virus through the musical medium.
The track starts with the sound of coughing, before McKayla starts rapping: “Icing on the cake, gaining weight, COVID lockdown, I don’t want to wait.
She continues with more complaints about life under LA’s door-to-door command, rapping, “I don’t want to be two feet away from me, COVID closure, can’t see bae.
McKayla then starts singing about her ‘home studio’ and her ‘home gym’ before discussing the financial consequences of the pandemic.
“Let everyone sell their Rolex,” she sings. F ** k all my food is frozen. 2020 has been canceled. ‘
The former gymnast also sings about “tight financials” before paying tribute to primary health care workers, noting, “Yes, these doctors have their hands full.”
McKayla’s song received a lot of positive feedback from her Instagram followers, one of whom called her “ a queen, ” while another endorsed it, “ It’s that good. ”
A third added, “It’s a nice tune.”
In the past: McKayla retired from gymnastics in 2015 after helping the U.S. gymnastics team claim the gold at the 2012 London Olympics
Taking time: The former gymnast has largely remained out of the spotlight for the past two years, after speaking out in April 2018 about the abuse she suffered from Larry Nassar
Preview: In her Spotify bio, McKayla shared how music helped her overcome the abuse she faced from the ‘monster doctor’
The song is McKayla’s first step back into the spotlight in two years; the gymnastics champion has remained largely private since speaking to Dateline in an emotional interview in 2018 about the abuse she had suffered from former national team doctor Larry Nassar.
While speaking to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, McKayla recalled a particularly terrifying incident when Nassar was lying on top of her while naked on a bed in a Tokyo hotel in 2011.
Fighting: McKayla spoke of her “fight” to imprison Nassar. In 2018, he was sentenced to 175 years in prison
“I roared, naked on a bed, he on top of me,” she said. “I thought I was going to die.”
Two years prior to that evening, the Olympian believed that the physician’s pelvic examinations were routine. But she said that the night in Tokyo changed her view of Nassar.
“I no longer felt it was him,” she said. “It was something else it took over. The dark part of him. ‘
McKayla said she was harassed by Nassar hundreds of times, starting when she was just 13.
“Sometimes I wonder if my gymnastics career was really worth it because of the things I’m dealing with now because sometimes you’re just in the dust,” she added.
“You have to pick up the bits of your life. That was the hardest part for me, but it’s always three steps forward, two steps back. ‘
In her bio on Spotify, McKayla shares more about how music has helped her move forward with the abuse – and gymnastics as a whole – while also giving her an emotional outlet after her father passed away in early 2019.
Viral fame: the budding musician became a national sensation when she made an ‘unimpressed’ face on stage after winning silver – not gold – in the vault event
Good luck! The 2012 U.S. gymnastics team saw phenomenal success at the London Olympics, nicknamed ‘Fierce Five’
“Gymnastics was my first love,” she writes. “It broke my heart to continue, but luckily there was music to absorb my fall. No pun intended. ‘
McKayla recalled her official retirement from gymnastics in 2015 – a move that surprised some people who thought she would try to earn a spot on the 2016 team – explaining that she moved out of her childhood home and ‘her new and improved dream pursued ”.
“I didn’t know I was about to go through the toughest three years of my life,” she continued.
In October 2017, I spoke out and joined the beloved Me Too movement. I haven’t talked much about it, but I really wasn’t good at this time. I just wanted to pursue music and become someone new, but I felt frozen in my old life. ‘
She revealed that she was unable to escape the memories of Nassar’s abuse – something she was forced to revive when she publicly spoke to him to ‘put the monster doctor in prison’.
“January 24, 2018, Nassar, my doctor, was sentenced to 175 years in prison,” added McKayla, before noting that she thought 2019 would be “an important year for her.”
“The kind of year you never forget. Yes, ”she wrote. ‘January 13, 2019 my father Michael Maroney passed away. I couldn’t take a break, guys, I swear. ‘
But McKayla concluded that she’s finally feeling positive about the future – and her “new chapter” in the music industry.
“I’m here now and I’m finally done,” she said. “I have a long way to go until I reach my goals with music, but I really enjoy the journey right now.”