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JaWaan LaRue / Press

“Remember the brother who met his end in the parking lot of the Starbucks on 23rd and Jackson? Listening to the message on JaWaan LaRue's new track could have made a world of difference for him and those like him.”

“Unconditional” is a terrific example of how hip hop music can be uplifting, eye-opening and positive while staying relevant to fans of the genre with catchy beats and infectious rhymes”

“Giving away a positive message of being all that you can be while having some graphic design throughout the entire video of words that could help anyone out in a bad day. This music video is one of those gems from independent artists that you stumble upon every now and then and you just can’t believe that this artist isn’t bigger than they are now.”

“Understanding the definition/description leads one to comprehend what is truly meant by the title of Seattle emcee LaRue's recent LP..."Saturn Returns': It is believed by astrologers that as Saturn "returns" to the degree in which it occupied at the time of birth—approximately every 29.5 years—a person crosses over a major threshold and into the next stage of life. With the first Saturn Return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second Return, maturity. And the third and usually final Return, a person enters wise old age. ”

“It's been a long time coming, but, finally, local MC LaRue will be making his live debut as a headliner tomorrow at the Vera Project in support of the release of his mixtape, LaRue or the Streets.”

“My immediate reaction was, "Why haven't I heard of this guy before"? His debut album, I Can Only Be Me, strikes an honest and oft-neglected balance—street but not gangsta, thoughtful but not emo, underground but not backpack.”

“LaRue has released "Rise Up," a cut from his still-in-the-works album, Back to the Old Me. Dude has an aggressive revolutionary flair reminiscent of Dead Prez, but I suspect he's influenced more by his life than he is by the works of other politically-minded MCs. Continued”