Wordburglar is a Canadian MC who is true to his moniker. He takes up words and steals them to suit his own needs, and whether it’s a means to be nerdy, geeky, or simply dope, he will do it to make effective, sometimes humorous, and mighty fine sounds. On his third album, the appropriately titled 3rdburglar (Hand’solo), he displays the goods with songs that refer to everything from comic books to hidden breaks science fiction films. People who understand the references will eat this up immediately, but considering that much of this nerd info has become a bit more mainstream in the last decade or so, Wordburglar should be the rapper that everyone should fall in love with.
Even if you take away the “inner circle” references, this works on a number of levels. If you specifically look for white rappers, I find him to be effective as one of those guys who will test you with how much he knows, but also how well he does it. You might know of an overwhelming amount of rappers who celebrate Halifax, Nova Scotia to the fullest, but what he shows is a true love of the music and what makes its ingredients and elements work. He is a Canadian rapper, and while people in North America tend to be a bit fickle in who tries to represent in the country above, he is someone who is true to what defines him as a Canuck. In the end, his music will begin to simmer and one can listen to 3rdburglar as someone who enjoys what he does and will go out of his way to rock the mic because he knows how. Tracks like “Fred Broca”, “Sufficiently Suffonsified” and “Drawings With Words” are tales that will make listeners immediately visualize what he is saying, while also making you head nod and rock out. When a line is popped off and he makes you laugh, that’s a deliberate move. He understands the importance of humor and if there is any level of swagger or attitude in what he does, fans will feel it immediately. Naysayers will keep on listening for what makes his music hold up, and perhaps after hearing this over and over, they’ll question why they hated him in the first place. No hate whatsoever.