Diggin’ Through the Crates: Alex Ruffin “Overdosed on Reality”

Song: “Overdosed on Reality”
Artist: Alex Ruffin
Album: U.B.E.R (Usually Better Every Rhyme) (mixtape 2012)

Lyric: “Got the Juice like Q and Bish/Showed my ass before rap I’ve never been a nudist/Thriving harder than the mutants/in the sewer, they like Koopa/I’m TMNT they never touched the goo”

Character Reference/Meaning:

Coming to “DTC” this week may be a lesser known artist, but I guarantee you he is OVER 9,000 on the nerdy scale for rappers. On Alex Ruffin’s 2012 mixtape, he released several songs that show off his inner nerd. Not counting this week’s feature, he mentions The Matrix, Doctor Doom, Luke Cage, and several others. However, his nerdiest song may in fact be “Overdosed on Reality.” It truly was hard to pick just a single lyric from this week’s song. For honorable mention, and to flex his nerdiness I feel some of the other lyrics must be shared. “While they acting my thumb is playing Galactus/Just writing up something mean while the other four are fantastic.” NERDY. “It’ll knock you right off your feet like I whooped you in Mortal Kombat/ I set myself up to win if they ballin all of em Bobcats.” NERDY. “I put in hard work while they paying for pipe dreams/I’m fighting for what is right if you robbin’ I’m Nightwing.” NERDY.

So it’s clear to see that without a doubt, Alex Ruffin is a nerd. Perhaps his nerdiest hard hitting lyric speaks about the heroes in a half-shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Basically what Alex Ruffin is saying in this lyric is that even though he is realtively unknown, most rappers these days can’t even compete with him. Similar to the Turtles, Ruffin is underground doing his rap thing and all of those artist that are mainstream just can’t keep up. Just for a second imagine Koopa, the lovable little turtle from Super Mario or any other Mario video game. Yes he is cool, playful, and cheery. Now take another second and imagine Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael from the notorious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. They are badass, fearless, and just overall awesome. Now take half a second and imaging Koopa fighting the TMNT. It didn’t take very long to come up with a winner, and I won’t even ask you to come up with any fraction of a second to figure out who you would rather be, the answer is just too obvious. That is what Alex Ruffin is trying to stab through your head. Much of this song speaks about the work he has been putting into his craft and the passion he has for his art. He is trying to become great and the only way to do that is through hard work. So while everyone else out there is comfortable being a pet store turtle or Koopa, Ruffin is searching for that mutagen ooze (if he hasn’t found it already) to take him to the next level.

You know who else is looking for some goo/ooze? Michael Bay. Coming out in August 2014, Michael Bay will be bringing us the much anticipated live action TMNT movie. Starring Megan Fox as TV reporter April O’Neil – which the jury is still out on, Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Jeremy Howard (Donatello), and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) we are all hoping we will have a masterpiece on our hands. Unfortunately, this movie looks to depart from both the comic book and movie origin. Whether they are aliens from a distant planet or test-tube subjects, the warrior spirit of the turtles will remain intact. With the recent trailer that just was released, there is a lot to be hopeful for in regards to this soon to be movie. I don’t know about you but I sure am looking forward to it. I can almost guarantee you that Alex Ruffin is just as excited as anyone else. So on a closing note, GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!

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