Respected all around for her flow, Ruby Ibarra is a young and inspiring lyricist, spoken word artist and rapper from the East Bay Area, California on a new level of music production. She is breaking all kinds of barriers by being not only a female artist in the rap game, but also being Asian American. This passionate and hard working young lady is setting the bars higher and higher for all rappers and lyricists out there in the world today.
When Ruby Ibarra was five she found in her mother’s music collection a Filipino rap album that she really took a liking to, and after listening to the cassette tape every day she was able by heart to recite all the lyrics. At a young age she was fascinated with poetry, and her poetry it what became her rap lyrics. She found herself being inspired by artists such as Tupac and Eminem’s ability to tell such a painted story through rhymes and rhythm.
Ruby always experiments with different inner bar rhymes and different rhyme schemes because she has always been fascinated by how rhymes can be used to create interesting sounds. She also loves exploring how one can say things in different ways, so what
Ibarra does is uses word play and metaphors to get the listener to think about the lyrics. She is inspired by my experiences, cultural history, and stories that have generally been left untold by the media.
Ruby Ibarra has been rapping for out six years now, and she said in the past year, music has taken her to cities she’s never been to before and allowed her to meet people that she’s been a fan of. She is very excited to see where it continues to takes her, and as she continues to write honest lyrics, she hopes that people will still be listening because she certainly have a lot more to say. I definitely think that people will continue to listen to Ruby and her fan base will continue to grow because you can’t ignore the talent that this girl brings forth.
In an interview with XXL Magazine ruby said that she is going to change the game by creating music with both substance and lyrical technique. “I want to bring back raw, gritty hip-hop that was about spitting your ill-est verses and being the best on the mic. I also plan on using this platform to educate and tell the stories that’s been left untold by the media”, she stated.
She would love to work with artist like the RZA (Whom she said would be a dream to work with) , Eminem, Lauryn Hill, Lupe Fiasco, DJ Premier, and J. Cole. To all aspiring female lyricists, Ruby states “ keep grindin’ and continue to be yourself. Skill has no gender, so I hope more of my ladies are represented in rap! Ruby Ibarra is definitely going to go far in the rap game, and I can’t wait to see her really shine like the star she is.
Check out some of her music at http://www.myspace.com/rubyraps and you can also check her out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rbibarra