Jude El Buri

Some may say I lead a double life. Although I look calm on the outside most of the time, many would not  surmise I have my moments where I’m just sitting, and I bust out in hardcore rap. I have to say, one of my guiltiest pleasures is hardcore rapping.

I have had people tell me I look like the type of person that who would listen to country or soft rock. But I’m more of a rap type person.

I don’t mean rappers like T-Pain or Soulja boy or even Wiz Khalifa; I’m talking Busta Rhymes, Tupac and Outlandish.

I had phases of writing my own def jam poetry and rehearsing them over and over in my head, as if I was getting ready to perform them. Soon, those poems became raps. It was like poetry but with a faster beat.
I think real rap has so much meaning to it. The artists put so much meaning and symbolism into one verse. Their songs make you think. Outlandish’s song “Life is a Loom” never ceases to move me. It’s a nice change from a lot of the other meaningless, and often demeaning, songs out there.
Life is a loom
The threads are the days
God decides when to cut them
Even though the work ain’t done

(Life is a Loom)

Walk the plank, no half stepping, ya running out of time
World is yours kid, sure ain’t mine
Gotta get yours, gotta get mine
Wise up or get shot, trying to cross the line
Those choruses talk about real life. They remind me of my priorities. They bring up the tough decisions some people have to make. Rap can be a way to express reality.
When I’m home alone, I sometimes unleash all the rap built up in me. I guess it’s time for me to finally say, that one of the biggest guilty pleasures of mine, is hardcore rapping.
By Jude El Buri