It’s easy to tell from the start. Farrah Boulé Burns, a rising Haitian-Cuban rapper, understands something about life that many are yet to realize. Burns’ introspective point of view is clear in her hard-hitting and thought-provoking lyrics.
Listening to one of her songs, you’re exposed to her “inner most thoughts, feelings, lessons learned, triumphs and failures,” something she describes as “perfectly imperfect, but necessary.” Take some time to get to know a little more about the brain behind the powerful words of a woman who is “fluent in hip-hop.”
AC: In an interview you described yourself as a “student of this Universe.” Can you expand on that?
FB: The Universe is short for University. There’s an enrollment process–Pre-K, grammar school, high school and college; the same as the stages of life. However, a lot of us are stuck taking remedial courses because we refuse to identify with the lesson the first time. Some are even afraid of graduating out of fear of losing their friends and loved ones. Some just don’t want to grow up and think Pre-K is cool because they can’t part ways with that playground. I’m enrolled, I’m invested and I can’t wait till graduation.
AC: On your Facebook page, your about me says, “I speak fluent hip hop”…describe for me authentic hip hop at its core…what does that look, sound or feel like to you?
FB: I understood it as a language first, then as a culture, and it made complete sense and was worth preserving. In order to preserve a culture you can’t allow a language to die. So I set the plan in motion cleared out my savings, got it trademarked and became a business.
I first started out with the I Speak Fluent Hip Hop T-Shirts and Hoodies and then reached out to the Breast Cancer & Women’s heart Association to help raise awareness and preserve life. I Speak Fluent Hip Hop is our voice!
AC: How has your Haitian ancestry contributed to your musical style or the way you conduct business?
FB: My Haitian and Cuban ancestry has influenced me politically, culturally and spiritually. It keeps me grounded realizing that the blood of all the great men and women before me lives and flows through me. I value education and meet every obstacle with a fair mind and warm heart. So my business and personal practices do share the same similarities, because I’m still dealing with people not machines –At-least for now the future is fast approaching, she jokes.
AC: What’s the last book you read? Did it inspire any of your current work, if so, how?
FB: Last book I read was “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill; it’s impacted my life tremendously in ways I never thought imaginable.
Once you realize that you have absolute power and control over your mind you’ll be free from worries, burden and illness. I’m happier now then I’ve ever been in my entire life because I’m creating the world I want to live in. We were all born with that power.
To hear Farrah’s music, visit, her sound page.
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