10 Questions with Ruby Ibarra

1. Tell us about yourself.
I am a rapper and spoken word artist from the Bay Area. A lot of my music is centered on chronicling mine and my family’s stories.


2. What first inspired you to create music?

I wanted to share my story. I think our stories need to be told by people who look and sound like us. I think we’re still very much lacking representation and visibility and we need to re-claim and re-author our narratives.


3. What’s your favorite Filipino food?
A tie between pork sisig and bulalo

4. Your music empowers. What would you like young fans to learn from your art?
I would like for younger people who listen to my music to know that they shouldn’t be afraid to use their voice.

5. What are the most awesome things about being Filipino?
Community! I think that a large part about being Filipinx is holding an importance and closeness to community– whether that be in the familial sense or with friendships. We often find ourselves surrounded  by so much love, solidarity, and support, which have all helped nurture my interests and have helped me obtain the things I’ve accomplished.


6. Who were some of the musicians you listened to growing up?
Tupac, Lauryn Hill, and Wu Tang

7. How would you describe your personal style?
True to self and confident

8. Where do you find inspiration today?
I find inspiration through my personal experiences or in the lives and stories I see and hear from the people I meet on a daily basis.

9. What do you do for fun that isn’t music-related?
I love to read! I was a big bookworm has a kid, so reading always allows helps to de-stress these days.

10. What are the top 5 places to visit on your bucket list?
Anywhere in the Philippines
Other cities I haven’t been to in Japan (so far I’ve been to Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto)
Paris, France
London, England
Maui, Hawaii


Listen to Ruby Ibarra’s “Us” featured on the Herstory episode of #DRDiskubre