Before 9, I imagine what was on the radio; it was placed there without my consent. but baby after 9, I began to craft opinions and play the DJ, everywhere that I went.
Think back - age 10 in my seat. probably had a Rockets jersey. number 34, my man Hakeem. with a becket in my lap, on my way to make a trade, was that life? nah, baby that's the phase...and when it faded 13: I was in a choker made of hemp, and some JNCO denim, Airwalk represent, on some Bush, Wallflowers, rock the only thing that played, was that me? nah, baby that's the phase...and when it faded. 14: And One, TRL, trapped in that pop, boy band, so I thought I’d try my hand, found a few guys, sang a couple bars for the babes. were we Backstreet? nah, we was The Phase... and when it faded. 15: FUBU went the way of no limit, felt so Puerto Rican when that Latin explosion hit and for a time Ricky Martin, J. Lo, Mark Anthony, were my peeps, though that was just a phase.
16: round the time the Twin Towers fell, I was into Jagged Edge, SoulChild and Maxwell, thought I'd be an R&B singer just like Case, should've known better that was just a phase. and when it faded, then I graduated, went on to college, on my path debated, recorded music, got a job and dated (everywhere that I went), probably broke a couple hearts and had mine lacerated 22: began a new relationship, man she made me trip, had a baby by age 23 and then by 26, had a second one, here's to my family. at least one thing wasn't just a phase...and never fade away. 27: I got into politics, so I ran for office in the 2nd District, tried to get in Congress. got 10,000 votes but at the end of the day, never ran again. guess you could say that was just a phase (hey). 28: marketing, selling what they offering. also started writing more and considering authoring. transitioned to teaching, finally ready to stay, at 33 I’m a star. I don't need a phase. until it fades. until I fade. we all fade. life is just a phase.
from The Rhymer/Educator Project,
released September 28, 2018
Title: The Phase Track 04 of 19
Album: The Rhymer/Educator Project
Artist: Rhymer/Educator Release
Year: 2018 Written/Performed by Joe Ruiz aka Rhymer/Educator Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Sam Henderson of RecordingWithSam at Always Be Genius Recording Studios in Crown Point, IN.
Music by SINIMA BEATS