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Initially you might be inclined to chuckle over the fact that this LA hip-hop combo proudly espouses its Jewish heritage within a predominantly black musical form. The two races have a less than harmonious past despite the ridiculously apparent similarities of their oppression. But Blood of Abraham succeed because they aren't joking. Their convictions thankfully avoid any notions of racial supremacy in favor of a multilayered ecumenism--check into the fierce antiseparatism of "Stick to Your Own Kind" from their stunning debut Future Profits (Ruthless). And their music happens to kick. The Nigerian-raised Benyad and Las Vegas native Mazik fire off a torrent of chunky-sounding verbiage amid a hard, dense swirl of R & B samples, their alliteration-heavy twang recalling a smart, more varied House of Pain. It's hard not to dig a line like "From early dawn to Ramadan," but Blood of Abraham back up their flash with substance. Smart guys. They open for Surgery and Machines of Loving Grace. Saturday, 7 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark. 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Annalisa.

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