Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where will you be when your "Saturn Returns"?

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.
After an 8 year stint in the Army, with one deployment overseas to fight in Iraqi Freedom, LaRue returned stateside and made, in my opinion, his best decision musically by teaming with up and coming Seattle producers Rising Son and Marcus D. With the release of his "LaRue Or The Streets" Mixtape in November 2009, LaRue reintroduced himself to the Seattle hip-hop scene with a rare mix of reality street life without the gangsta aspect. Fast forward to August 2010 and LaRue's Saturn has returned.

"Saturn Returns" displays the growth that one would expect from a mixtape to an album, the unexpected aspect is the amount of maturity that he demonstrates. LaRue is a gifted lyricist that paints a picture with his words. The Saturn Returns Intro begins our journey as LaRue spits "my Saturn is comin/at last it returns/it all makes sense through my passionate words...I transform from adolescence to the next stage". LaRue bobs and weaves his way like Floyd Mayweather Jr, intricately dancing through beats until it's time to attack. Back To The Old Me, Midnight Mirage, and Rise Up are evidence of such savvy.

Not Like Me is his ode to minding your comparisons and setting himself apart from others. The chorus reminds us that "you are not like me" as he voices the struggles that set him apart..."Jump boots, M-16 and Gore-Tex/dropped off somewhere near the devils doorstep/kevlar vest/don't know what to expect/what's gonna happen next/hemet drippin sweat/it's a 116/I'm battlin sick dreams/seein my family cryin at a funeral/it's me".

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Rising Son and Marcus D blessed this album with some blue-ribbon slappers that are otherworldly (pun kinda intended). I told you earlier these two cats are up and comers, but I guess it's more like arrived. Rising Son is definitely on the come up, having recently become the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune Seattle Champion and producing this track for Xzibit.  Marcus D, 2009 Red Bull Big Tune Seattle Champion, recently released his second album "Marcus D andSubstantial are Bop Alloy" and the shit is bananas. No disrespect to Rising Son, but my favorite/most played track from "Saturn Returns" is a Marcus D production. Mr. International is different from any other tracks on the album, it's playful and lighthearted but again showcases LaRue's mastery of storytelling...not to mention Marcus D flipped this sample nicely.

"Saturn Returns" is constantly atop the "recently played" list on the iPod and provides a great listen from start to finish. I suggest you get to CD Baby or iTunes, whichever is your preferred provider, and download it now before I send Brainslice to your house to put you in one of these.

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