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The One Piece Rap, officially titled One Piece Theme[1] and sometimes refered to as the Gum-Gum Rap or the Pirate Rap, is the introduction used by 4Kids in their dub of One Piece. It is rapped by Shawn Conrad, better known by his stage name "Freshco".

Despite using an English version of We Are! in early promotional material, 4Kids decided to use this theme in all episodes of their English dub. The opening's visuals used animation from both the Japanese opening and endings as well as episodes from the series itself. Additionally, an abridged instrumental version of the song was used during the dub's closing credits.

This song originally appeared on the old 4Kids corporate site at 4KidsEntertainment.com. A version of this song was also used for the English version of the game Grand Battle with slightly different lyrics. The song was released by Cherry Lane Records as part of the digital album 'Music From 4Kids TV' on October 18, 2005, sharing a track with Be A Pirate and 'You Can't Turn The Tide'[1].

LyricsEdit

 YO! ya-yo, ya-yo

Dreamin', don't give it up Luffy
Dreamin', don't give it up Zolo
Dreamin', don't give it up Nami
Dreamin', don't give it give it up give it up give it up give it up give it NO!

Here's how the story goes we find out
About a Treasure in the Grand Line
Theres no doubt, The pirate whose eye is on it
He'll sing I'll be King of the Pirates
I'm gonna be king

Ya-yo, ya-yo, ya-yo, ho-ho

His name is Luffy
That's Monkey D. Luffy
Gonna be king of the pirates!
He's made of rubber - (female singers) how did that happen?
Yo-ho-ho he took a bite of Gum Gum

Ya-yo, ya-yo

His name's Zolo, He's just like a samurai
And a L-A-D-Y Nami's not shy
The pirate crew coming through, doin' their thing,
With the king of the pirates, he's gonna be king!

Ya-yo, ya-yo, ya-yo, hoo-hoo

Set sail for One Piece, it's the name of the treasure in the Grand Line!

Ya-yo, ya-yo

Set sail for One Piece!

One Piece: Grand Battle versionEdit

YO-ya-yo, ya-yo

Dreamin', don't give it up Luffy
Dreamin', don't give it up Zolo
Dreamin', don't give it up Nami
Dreamin', don't give it give it up give it up give it up give it up give it NO!

Here's how the story goes we find out
About a Treasure in the Grand Line
Theres no doubt, The pirate who's eye on it
He'll sing, "I'll be king, I-I'll be pirate king!"

Ya-yo, ya-yo ya-yo, ho-ho

His name is Luffy
That's Monkey D. Luffy
Gonna be king of the pirates!
He's made of rubber - (female singers) how did that happen?
Yo-ho-ho he took a bite of Gum-Gum

Ya-yo, ya-yo

His name's Zolo, He's a samurai
And a L-A-D-Y Nami the sly
The pirate crew coming through, doin' their thing,
With the king, with the king, gonna be king!

Ya-yo, ya-yo, yao-yo, hoo-hoo

Set sail for One Piece, it's the name of the treasure in the Grand Line!

Ya-yo, ya-yo

Set sail for One Piece!

Revisited 1Edit

His name's Zolo he's just like a samurai
and a l-a-d-y Nami's not shy
Usopps' doin that marksman thing
And Sanji's cooking for the would-be king!

Revisited 2Edit

His name's Zolo he's just like a samurai
and a l-a-d-y Nami's not shy
Usopps' doin' that marksman thing
Sanji's cookin'
Chopper's doctoring

ReceptionEdit

The reaction to the One Piece Rap has always been mixed. While it was praised for being an alternative to the Japanese pop introductions used by the original version, it was down-rated due to its lyrics[citation needed]. Reviewing the Viz DVD release for DVD Talk, Todd Douglass cited replacing the Japanese theme with "a crappy rap song" as a negative aspect of the 4Kids dub[2]. A version prior to the release of the 4Kids dub included a line referring to Zoro as "a samurai", but this was changed prior to the dub's premiere. As crew members joined the Straw Hat Pirates over the time, the lyrics were revised to add the new characters, which critics complained of making the song sound awkward and rushed at time. Further criticism was pulled into question over why it was continued to be used over the original Japanese songs or another alternative song[citation needed].

TriviaEdit

  • Editing inconsistencies can be seen when it shows Mihawk; in the dub, the hilt of his blade was changed to look less cross-like, but in this opening Mihawk's blade is unedited.
  • Grand Battle uses the early version referencing to Zoro as a samurai.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 'Music from 4Kids TV' - All music
  2. Todd Douglass - DVD Talk: 'One Piece Vol 2'

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