Over the past half-decade, the Orlando-by-way-of-Seattle lyricist LaRue has put the wealth of his varied life experience down over beats and provided a level of insight and empowerment not often channeled artistically by an embattled Iraq war vet. His lyrics, however positive, always bear the rough coat of reality that anchor his smoothly delivered words and bite with a stinging sweetness that falls back on the tell-it-like-it-is street poetry of Tupac, rather than the dense political rhetoric of someone like Immortal Technique. On Friday, JaWaan LaRue returns to town to celebrate the release of his newest project Hurricane LaRue, where he is also scheduled to premiere a video for the album's first single "Rise Up." With Souljah Bless, Intylekt. TODD HAMM

Fri., Sept. 9, 9 p.m., 2011

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