The B-Sides: Expressive Larry wows with writing, rhyming, rapping

Stacy Clardie, staff
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Tobias Larry got a glimpse, into a new world full of expression and flow

As a high school kid in Florida exposed to poetry and Edgar Allan Poe.

Though dark and shocking at points in its prose,

Larry’s creativity was awakened, a willingness to compose.



They emerged to the surface.

Larry started spitting versions of “The Raven,”

Tweaking Nevermore to fit his craving.

Now, more developed, further along in his exploration,

Larry has been wowing Purdue teammates with amazing

Skills to freestyle and vibe to beats

Sparking conversation with any topic he meets.

"He’s good and his metaphors are so good. He’s right off the top," said T.J. McCollum, a graduate transfer who's also a linebacker. "You can give him a topic and he’ll rap right off it. It’s amazing how he does it.

"He does it all the time in the locker room. Like legit. Freestyle, off the head."

Larry, a freshman from Lakeland, Fla., has found a creative release in writing poetry but also rhyming and rapping. The poetry, mostly, is off-limits — it’s just for him and for his feelings. The rhyming, though? Everybody gets to feel that.

And it didn’t take long for Larry’s teammates to realize there was talent there.

Larry describes his style as “kind of hip hop.”

“But, at the end of the day, I believe it’s poetry because I like rhyming and basically just making something that flows, anything that flows,” Larry said. “When I was in high school, when we really started writing poetry and studying poetry, I was like, ‘OK.’ So I made a couple rhymes, a couple poems, and then I got a niche for it, kind of. I’ve been rapping ever since. Every time my friends are around, they’ll be like, ‘Tobias, spit something.’ They just throw anything at me.

“Out of nowhere, something will just pop up. It just comes fast. I don’t even think of it. I just try to rhyme with it right off the top.”

Larry has only been on campus since the summer but already he’s penned a Purdue-specific rap, called, simply, “Boiler Up, Hammer Down,” that he made as a voiceover to the Migos’ song “Bad and Boujee.”

A sample:

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