Growing up in Santa Rosa, hip-hop artist Tru Lyric began on his songwriting path with parodies in high school, though in the last decade his music has taken on a significantly more personal and emotionally impactful tone, and the MC now openly talks about struggles with depression and anxiety in his multifaceted music. Sometime labeled as Christian rap, Tru Lyric preaches positivity on his new album, Beautiful Imperfections, out last month, and he takes the stage with support from Run with Patience and DJ Sticky on Saturday, Sept. 1, at HopMonk Tavern, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 9pm. $10. 707.829.7300.