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Final Notice

"Final Notice" is the new project from Jus. On the cover seen here, there is a handdrawn of an African American man sitting on a stoop with his head clutched in his hands.

Tacoma Hip-Hop is better than ever. Every couple years new artists break through the scene and gain the respect of fans. This year, J.U.S. has all our attention with his debut “Final Notice”. This artist has built quite the buzz over the years and this is the perfect project to get to know him if you haven’t yet.

Even the album cover artwork is hella cool with a real slick, sharp looking cartoon of J.U.S. sitting on the porch of a building with an eviction notice on it. While only a slim nine songs, each track on the record is stout and lets you know that J.U.S. is no slouch on wordplay.  The album starts with the title track “Final Notice” where it becomes apparent J.U.S. is a smart, smooth-voiced, playeristic MC with a maturity in his bars that can only come with honing his craft. He has a lean energy on tracks and his voice is an old baritone and it gives it an Old-School/New-School sensibility. Soon as the first verse begins you hear an old soul breathing new life onto classic type Hip-Hop beats. It hits just right.

He has a safe pocket that he delivers his impressive bars in yet there is energy and game in every word. The second song “Worth” has the M.C. dropping knowledge and life-lessons over a hypnotic head-nodder from Kenneth English.

The third track “All Gas No Brakes” features a hook sung by Tommy Warren who has a smooth rasp that blends perfect in the quiet piano keys that fill out the backdrop. This is motivation music for your soul and grind.  Then on “Love I Lost”, we find a cautionary tale about the mishaps, missteps, and mess-ups of a lost and torn relationship. We all can relate. “Text messages in my cell phone/ I was tripping off that Donnell Jones…”. Yeah, it can get messy. Kelly Portis nails the soundscape with a haunting harpsichord anchoring behind J.U.S. as he runs through the drama.

“Sweet Dreams” slows it down and has a silky hook by Takeshia Seward. This is a romantic, love song but the next song has J.U.S. rapping about being stuck in the appropriately-titled  “Friend Zone”. All relationship bases are covered on this offering but J.U.S. also takes on heavy topics from top to bottom; from city living to racism. It is quite the album. There is no filler and the heaviness of each track and bar give the impression that we are listening to a phenomenal MC who is still just getting started. There are too many quotables to quote and too many compliments to give. It is just beautiful, well-done Hip-Hop. 

253 cheers for Tacoma because the whole city is coming up off this one! Thank ya J.U.S. 


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