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SPECS ONE Return of the Artist

(Abduction 028, 2004)

FINALLY! The Holy Ghost of Northwest underground hip hop becomes visible after two decades of producing an insane number of limited edition cassettes and CDRs from his mysteriously drifting pirate studio. A Seattle native, Painter, graffiti artist, sound manipulator, and local visionary, SPECS possesses the uncanny ability to combine simplicity and complexity to create honest, and significant hip hop that is both classical and timeless. Journalist Charles Mudede, who once dubbed SPECS as “Seattle’s Baudelaire” says: “Nothing but beauty streams out of Specs beat machine, and his raps address the listener intimately, as if he were rapping to you alone”. RETURN OF THE ARTIST marks his first National release since the compilation “Fourteen Fathoms Deep” on the now defunct LOOSEGROOVE RECORDS in 1996. An addictive vibe floats across the entire record. The rhymes are clever, never overstated, with occasional tripped-out choruses if the tracks are longer but if he’s made his point, he’s under and out. Standout cuts include ODE TO MICS, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, WHO IS HE? and RAP STUFF. Also included here are some of his beautifully cryptic instrumental beats, a favorite side of many of those who’ve heard Specs earlier work. RETURN OF THE ARTIST is written and Produced by SPECS ONE.

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