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Is the world ready for a Ra’s al Ghul-inspired hip hop album?

Following a contentious presidential election, what better to bring the country together than a hip hop concept album inspired by a fictional centuries-old eco-terrorist? Nothing, I say!

Luckily a divided nation now has Ra’s al Ghul, released this week by Los Angeles-based MC/producer Frank John James (and available for download here).

“Loosely based on the DC comic book villain, traditionally found opposite Batman,” he writes on his website. “I take you inside the mind of a man trying to balance good and evil, hoping to bring an end to suffering through any means necessary. About midway through, I spend four tracks paying homage to the origins story found in the 1992 comic Birth of the Demon.”

The 15 tracks feature such lyrics as “Like Two-Face, who brought down countless individuals/With nothing but a book of broken laws and judge criminals” and “Born in the 14th century to a nomadic family/Handed me nothing of interest, but the sand under my feet.” Catchy and geeky!

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That’s some whack ass rhymes yo.

Idk yo, he’s got some real shit tho

“we can all eat plenty
While they realized the power they had was from the many
And through the fear and makin’ us incompatible
And chemicals that make us all a little more commandable
It seemed real the hope I once held
But seldom seemed approachable thus my hopes fell
And I know there’s a few out there who want the same thing
It’s just too bad we don’t play for the same team”

I don’t think it’s punch lines with this guy, it’s actions and who he represents
After hearing it a few times I’m really curious to see where else he can take this!

The burning question is how will the album pronounce Ra’s al-Ghul? Will it be like Batman: TAS or like the Batman Begins?

I’m with the BTAS pronunciation, personally. It sounds cooler. But does anyone know how Denny O’neil pronounced it? He created him after all.

The proper Arabic pronunciation would be like Batman: The Animated series.

Frank John James

November 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

i prefer the BTAS pronunciation, not just for the proper reason, but its classic and i grew up on it! tho i never do say the name…@Michael, i can see where ur coming from, i actually think @anonymous hit the nail on the head…

i wrote, recorded, and mixed this project in 2 weeks, in an effort to capture the anger and frustration of the character….i watched and read countless books, movies, documentaries that would fuel my passion….im actually a very alternative-minded type of guy, shit im vegan! (the “i used to be hardcore meat/milk eating”, friendly not-in-your-face type, ha)

funny thing is, the moment i began this project, my health started to deteriorate, and it did not begin to return until the moment i was genuinely convinced the best thing for the Earth was to wipe out the majority if not all of human life…that was when i knew it was complete and it was time to wrap up the project.

I will begin work on a follow up EP, which I will take far more time with, and now that the character is established, i look forward to really crafting a dark almost experimental vibe…i want to tell stories of him fight European invasion alongside the Native Americans, and fighting alongside Nat Turner and other rebel slaves!

although if u wanna hear another album along the same lines with FAR more polished rhymes, check out my album Why Not? if u like the subject matter, the album wont disappoint….
http://frankjohnjames.bandcamp.com/album/why-not

and a BIG thanks to Robot 6 and Comic Book Resources!

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