Dennis Rodman Describes Drunken Karaoke with Kim Jong Un on Mike Tyson's Podcast

During an appearance on Mike Tyson's Hotboxin' podcast, former NBA star spoke about his experiences in North Korea with leader Kim Jong Un.

During the podcast, Rodman spoke about the culture-shock he experienced when visiting North Korea and spoke about some of his experiences with the country's leader, including drunken karaoke.

Rodman told Tyson and co-host Eben Britton that when he first arrived in North Korea, he was confused to learn that cheering crowds were applauding Kim and not him. "I got 22,000 North Koreans—all of a sudden, they stand up. They start clapping, start clapping at me loud," he said on the podcast. "I'm thinking they're doing it for me, cause they turn around looked at me, like this. I say, 'Oh s**t.' I start waving, something like that. They say, 'No, that's for him.'"

In fact, Rodman said he didn't even know who Kim was when he first met him. "I said, 'Who is that guy?' He said, 'That's our leader.' I said, 'Leader of What?'" he explained. "He says, 'Kim Jong Un,' and I said, 'I have no clue who the f**k this guy is." He also explained that the crowd's reaction was to seeing the leader was massive, with people crying and reaching out to touch him.

Rodman said that Kim spoke to him about the leader's love of basketball and said he tried to get Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan to go, but Jordan declined. Rodman said that Kim invited him to return to the country before inviting him out to dinner and to party. "He says, 'Dennis, we'd love for you to come back. We enjoy your company. So, we'll have dinner tonight. We'll have a little karaoke, have some f**king vodka, hot toddies,'" he said Kim told him.

The former Detroit Piston then described the surreal scene, which included confusing karaoke and a band that could only play one song. "We're getting drunk as s**t, stuff like that. He gets up, starts singing karaoke, have no clue what the f**k he's talking about. Everyone's clapping," he said. "He has this 18-piece women's band. I mean, these f**king girls are f**king hot-hot, and the whole time they played one f**king song, one song. It was the f**king theme from Dallas. I go, 'What the f**k? What is this all about, right?' I said, 'Theme from Dallas?' He said, 'That's all we know.'" Rodman said that he offered suggestions for when he returns, including songs by Van Halen, Pearl Jam, and The Rolling Stones.

Rodman also explained going to mausoleums with Kim's father and grandfather. When Tyson asked if Kim had a successor, Rodman spoke about meeting Kim's infant daughter and bringing her a Rodman jersey.

Tyson and Britton also asked Rodman what the country was like. Rodman said that it wasn't shocking to see the country, despite public perceptions about North Korea. "It's like anything else, man," he said. When Tyson asked if the people were starving, Rodman said that there were hungry people all over, but he didn't see that part of the country.

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Former US basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) arrives at Beijing International Airport from North Korea on January 13, 2014. WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty
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