New “Straight Out Of Assisi” Movie Documents Rise Of Famed Rapper Fr. Stan Fortuna

August 13, 2015 by  
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In 1990 a groundbreaking new Franciscan Friars of the Renewal rapper revolutionized Catholic music and pop culture, changing and influencing liturgical hip-hop forever. Fr. Stan Fortuna’s first album, “Straight Outta Assisi,” stirred controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in the friary. With guidance from veteran cardinal John Joseph O’Connor, Fortuna navigated his way through the industry and seminary, acquiring fame, fortune, and a place in history…on Life on the Rock.

Kanye West, who plays Fortuna in the movie, told EOTT this morning that it was an honor working with the “original gangster of God.”

“It was a lot of hard work getting into character,” West said. “not just cause he’s a white guy with a beard, but because of his devotion and  intensity. It was also hard cause I had to re-record some of his biggest hits like ‘Nothin’ But a God Thang’ and ‘Friarz-N-The Hood.’

The movie hits theaters this Christmas. Parental discretion is not advised.

  • Tyler Hiles


  • Jim

    I’ve heard that the movie glosses over the period in Fr. Stan’s youth when he ran with a schismatic order of self-proclaimed street friars known for hopping onto subway cars and baptizing riders without their consent between stops. As far as I’m concerned, it was a youthful indiscretion, but ignoring it might not go over well with critics.

    • Hotrod1962

      Yes, as a frequent subway rider in those days, I remember those crazy friars. It was well known that they had embraced the drug culture. The subway doors would open and they would run wild through the car, their giant gold chains with crucifixes swinging from their necks. Each one had their own aspergillum and they would sprinkle and baptize everyone, even sleeping drunks. They would leave the car at the next station where they would also baptize vending machines, turnstiles, newstands, and an occaisional rat.

      • Jim

        Yes, but let’s be clear that the group veering into drugs is what caused Fr. Stan to break away. That and an attempt to baptize Fr. Benedict Groeschel on the 4 train, which prompted Fr. Benedict to slap the ersatz friar silly with his beret while sharing life-changing anecdotes about his childhood in Jersey City. Fr. Stan later paid tribute to the event in a track called, “French Hat in My Face (Jersey City State of Grace).

        • Hotrod1962

          I asked Fr. Benedict about this incident. It was not the anedotes of his childhood that turned Fr. Stan around. Being a frequent subway rider, Fr. Benedict always carries with him a bunch of 3 oz. Lead fishing sinkers with him so he could slip them in his silly French hat and be used as a means of self defense. Well, when he slapped Fr. Stan around, his beret had a “punch” to it. Now we know that that permanently embossed “3” on Fr. Stan’s forhead has nothing to do with the Holy Trinity.

  • I am not Spartacus

    What is to never be forgotten is the battle between West Coast (Rapper Stan) and Midwest Lake Coast (Polka Mass Rembert Weakland) but it really was a short struggle rather than a protracted war because Rembert’s sodomy had such pull with the Millennials who are mo’tolerant and because Rembert got to wreck the Mass whereas Stan just was sort of a, ya know, christian Wigger.

  • Lee Bacchi

    Hilarious, thank you!

  • Hotrod1962

    Yes, Jim, I was a frequent subway rider in those days and remember those crazy friars. It was well known that they embraced the drug culture. They would enter the cars like mad men, their massive gold chains and crucifix swinging from their necks. Not only did they baptizes all the riders, they also baptized sleeping drunks, luggage, briefcases, and an occaisional rat.