The Diversity News
GiANT Steps, Small Feats
AbSTRACT GiANTS make sense out of nonsense.
“Every artist wants to be recognized and praised for what they
create. If they tell you they don’t . . . they’re lying.”
– Cary Kanno
For four years, the Abstract Giants have been performing throughout the
Midwest. They’ve done close to 100 shows (and counting) sharing
the stage with hundreds of acts. Cary Kanno, manager and booking agent
for the Abstract Giants, also plays guitar for the group, sometimes using
a synthesizer pedal. Some of his personal highlights of acts the group
has performed with include: Atmosphere, Lyrics Born, Zion I, the Coup
and Bernie Worrell of the P funk all-stars.
The eight-man assembly keeps it “real” in a culture flooded
with mimics and the same old stuff. ”We don’t pretend to be
hardcore thugs or gangsters,” Kanno said. “We don’t
buy into the hype that MTV culture shoves in our face. We are what we
are . . . people who love music and play what we feel.”
“Beauty in art is in the eyes and ears of the beholder,” Kanno
said. “And we are playing the music that some may hate on, but we’ve
found that a lot of people like. One thing for sure is that the musical
talent in my group is undeniable.”
Kanno says hip hop, musically, is a term that encompasses a plethora of
styles; rap-rock, organic hip hop, pop hip hop, conscious hip hop. “My
group is about 50% hip hop, 25% jazz, 15% rock and 10% random stuff.”
The Abstract Giants are currently working on a new album to follow up
“Agrowculture,” their first LP. One of the members, Ronnie
Physical, attempting to branch out, just released an album entitled, “Crewsades,”
that features group members Apitight, Two Moons Mathismo and “Therm
One” as well as other local mcs.
“We are currently recording “Integrity” for “The
Chicago Drop Vol. Two,” Kanno said. “And we’re shooting
a video for “Mathismo,” a track off of “Agrowculture.”
The song “Mathismo” is also featured on the “Chicago
Drop Vol. One.” According to www.Chicagodrop.com, “Chicago
Drop” is “a cooperative of Chicago’s most innovative,
organic, and experimental hip hop musicians.”
“It (“The Chicago Drop”) was created to serve as an
umbrella for live hip hop bands in the Midwest,” Kanno said. “There
are a lot of cats doing what we’re doing and we wanted to provide
a visible backdrop for this scene.” Volume two is scheduled for
release this February.
The Abstract Giants have a show Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. at The Barn, 6526 Clarendon
Hills Road, in Willowbrook, Ill. Another show will take place Jan. 13
at 9 p.m. at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace.
Contact the Abstract Giants at www.abstractgiants.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.