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The Poetry of Josh Jarboe

Originally, I was going to write some long rant about how everyone is overreacting to the freestyle rap “attempt” by incoming OU freshman Josh Jarboe. In it, I was going to complain about the people that want Jarboe kicked off the team. You know, the boring white stale people from Oklahoma who are shocked that a young African-American male from the bad part of Atlanta raps about guns, shooting people, and bitches. You know, the people who have never listened to “gangsta rap” and don’t know that the rapper generally gives a glamorized narrative of a street life filled with guns, gangs and drugs. The people that don’t understand that this doesn’t appear to be premeditated”“that he was simply freestyling”“meaning he came up with this stuff off the top of his head, and in the process, threw out all those boring rap cliches that 90% of the players on the football team listen to each and everyday.

No. I wasn’t going to write about that stuff at all. I figured it would be more fun to to try transcribe his rap into a spoken word poem you might hear some hipster recite at open mike night at Galileo. Enjoy:

Back in the thing once again. Everybody know me? My chest you already know says


I’m tatted up. I shoot your ass, yeah, like you be halo. Halo got a fine bitch that looks like she J-Lo. Take my shirt off and I be tatted up like I’m fabled. Shoot you in the head and you might be dead with a


So hold on don’t beg for your life. And hold on, don’t ask please.

Hold on…

It’s me, Jarboe, and my nigga Steve recording this thing on this mother fucking camera. You don’t really want it. Like your ass on the camera, like a counter, I fuck around with my tools on the counter.

Nigga best believe I’m from Atlanta, (from Atlanta) where they tote guns and tote AKs
(and AKs) and then got dreads and low cut fades.  And low cut fades.

And everybody know I say “A”
and everything I say in the mother fucking place knock a mother fucking ass in his mother fucking place

Had a gun
Now i’m in Oklahoma,
Nigga I grauduated from school
so you know I got my diploma
Nigga get hit, I put his ass in a coma.

Got a fine bitch and her name is Sonya, her name is Sonya. Bitch I keep it real. Dread head, went red, and I got a grill. Dragging hos from United states all the way to Brazil. If she like a barbeque, I put my meat up on her grill


I keep it real.

Rock black label, I’ll shoot your ass up like a damn pool table.


  1. Why does Bobby keep getting these stupid thugs? This guy will be nothing more than trouble and has about as much chance of graduating as Pacboy Jones does of staying out of trouble and Brittney Spears winning mother of the year.

    But Bobby cares more about losing BCS games than getting players of character.

  2. Just another fine, young model citizen doing gangsta WRAP in Norman, OK…what the hell is wrong with that…he just may make it through one season…maybe

  3. S T U P I D..

    Hope this guy goes to class and learns something. It’s obvious he needs it.

  4. I think he came to Oklahoma to get his diploma, then he can shoot me in the head and put me in a coma.

  5. As an old white guy, I can’t even begin to understand this stuff.

    If life imitates art, this could make all past OU transgressions look like a parking ticket. I sure hope not. I’m an obvious OU fan and am a season ticket holder of many years. However, I’m still amazed at how far they’re willing to go just to try to get an edge. They better put a full time monitor on this kid.

    Thank goodness that for every Josh Jarboe, there’s at least one Adrian Peterson whose recent picture shows him joyfully handing out autographed footballs to kids at Viking training camp.

  6. Dear Boring Stale White People,

    Get over it…

    PS It could have been worse – he could have been singing Toby Keith

  7. Dear Boring Stale White People,

    Get over it…

    PS It could have been worse – he could have been singing Toby Keith

  8. Halo is a video game where you shoot people. Fabled is another video game.

    People who think he’s rapping about shooting real people are too old, probably too white, missing the point and a host of other things I won’t get into here.

    Bottom Line: Move on. Nothing to see here.

  9. Oh no! You mean OU has a player who starred in a stereotypically bad YouTube video?! Circle up the wagons! If we’re not careful, he may try to actually write bad poetry! Oh wait…There’s no issue here.

  10. I’m pretty sure, he wasn’t figuratively referring to figurative killing. But, really? People who were okay with Jarboe being admitted to OU after being arrested for bringing guns to school are supposed to freak out because now he’s rapping about guns? If you ask me, this is an improvement. At least there were no real weapons this time.

  11. is there anything more cartoonish than a black guy with dreads and tattoos rhyming like a dyslexic tourettes patient to a buddy’s cell phone camera? it’s like he was sent from central casting to play the role of “guy you wouldn’t hire.”

  12. I’m sure the little guy will land on his feet somewhere. As the #13 draft pick, some school is desperate enough to snatch him up. I’m glad I won’t be seeing him (or his AKs…AKs) in Norman.

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