Concert Review: Rich Jones / Impolite $ociety / Norman / GRYFN

On January 24th, 2014, WVKC had the pleasure of hosting Chicago rappers Rich Jones and Impolite $ociety along with two stellar beatsmiths: Chicago-based Norman and Galesburg’s very own cave-trap wunderkind GRYFN.

GRYFN kicked things off with a laid-back set of ambient hip-hop that sounded like Three 6 Mafia playing a show in a glacial crevasse. GRYFN drizzled syrupy bass lines across nooks and crannies of hi-hat and snare hits that composed a balanced beat breakfast fit for a trap lord.

Norman took to the stage with his laptop and blinky-light-fun-button-and-knob device and gave it a shiatsu massage, producing swirls, flutters, and cascades of beats that made seamless Animorph transitions throughout.

Rap three-piece Impolite $ociety delivered an energetic performance of thoroughly excellent rhymes over RZA-meets-Mike G-meets-Mr. DJ-in-a-Chicago-basement beats. The trio’s songs are refreshingly direct, brutally honest, and politically aware. They also play a mean game of ping-pong.

Rich Jones closed the night with a well-crafted set of triple-distilled hip-hop that drew buckets of cheers. Highlights included his first-ever performance of the song “Irving Blue,” a brilliant rapped sketch of his neighborhood in Chicago riddled with anecdotes and punchlines ranging from passing out on the CTA twice in a night to grabbing a pancake at the local Golden Nugget.

Thanks to everyone who came out and we hope you had as much fun as we did!

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