Illinois Times
APRIL 20, 2006

Vinyl Static

Ice-T tears up Club 217 on Saturday; also Abstract Giants and Josh Ritter¹s latest

BY MARISSA MONSON

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! The band is big, and the sound is bigger ‹ if only the Abstract Giants could get a break. The eight-member Chicago-based hip-hop band is well known around Chicago¹s established scene, but hasn¹t gained much buzz outside the Windy City. It¹s too bad. The Giants have the originality of the early Roots; their bass lines boogie like Sly Stone and the MC triple threat works. In hip-hop tradition, any MC who brings something worthwhile to the mic can stay ‹ and each Giant¹s contribution is legit. The violin (!), percussion, drums, bass, guitars and Abstract MCs¹ playful rhymes stir up jazz and funk with hip hop making music that¹s fresh and familiar. The Giants invade Jazz Central Station on Saturday, April 22. This week, the convergence of RJD2 and Blueprint into the celebrated Rhymesayers collaboration Soul Position, takes over Blueberry Hill in St. Louis on Friday, April 21.