Jus Ra. The enigma of The Fraternity. The only thing we know for sure about Jus Ra’s personal background is that he is from Flint, Michigan. We don’t know his birth date. No clue as to his actual age. His lyrical skill level would lead one to believe that he is as old as rhyme itself. Jus Ra is probably not even his given name, just an assumed moniker. Is he the sun god of Ancient Egypt revisiting the flesh?
What we have been able to glean from sources about Jus is that he first appeared on the rap scene in early 2004. Motivated to be the best, he twists words and metaphor like no other. He is not out in the game seeking to be signed, he is seeking barber shop conversation, discussed in a manner similar to Jay-Z. He seeks the recognition of peers, not fans. Fans come and go. To be looked up to by the next generation of emcees, that is his goal.
In his own words, The Fraternity to him is, “A call back to a greater time. The golden age of rap. It is highly poetic. A collection of highly talented writers. We all portray different things, but the underlying element is skill. We are skill. We don’t have skill. We are the Skill.”