Serengeti (rapper)

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Serengeti
Birth nameDavid Cohn
OriginChicago, Illinois
GenresHip hop · Alternative hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2003–present
Associated actsTha Grimm Teachaz, Sisyphus

David Cohn, better known by his stage name Serengeti, is an American hip hop artist from Chicago, Illinois.

Biography[edit]

In 2007, Serengeti released the first collaborative album with producer Polyphonic, titled Don't Give Up.[1] The duo released their second collaborative album, Terradactyl, in 2009.[2]

In 2011, Serengeti released his solo album, Family & Friends, which was produced by Yoni Wolf and Owen Ashworth.[3]

Serengeti is a member of Sisyphus along with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens. The trio released Beak & Claw in 2012[4] and a self-titled album in 2014.[5]

In 2012, Serengeti released C.A.R.,[6] as well as Kenny Dennis EP.[7] He released Kenny Dennis LP in 2013[8] and Kenny Dennis III in 2014.[9]

Style[edit]

Serengeti's music is a sharp departure from most mainstream hip hop, which he considers "depressing" and always consists of "the same redundant ideas."[10]

In an interview, Serengeti said he created Dennehy as an "answer to common complaints about hip-hop" and "to put the fun back in hip-hop."[11]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Dirty Flamingo (F5 Records, 2003) (with DJ Crucial)
  • Noodle-Arm Whimsy (The Frozen Food Section, 2005)
  • Gasoline Rainbows (Day by Day Entertainment, 2006)
  • Thunder Valley (Audio 8 Recordings, 2006) (with Kenautis Smith)
  • Race Trading (Audio 8 Recordings, 2006)
  • Noticeably Negro (Audio 8 Recordings, 2006) (with Midas Wells)
  • Dennehy (Bonafyde Recordings, 2006)
  • Don't Give Up (Audio 8 Recordings, 2007) (with Polyphonic)
  • The Boredom of Me (Audio 8 Recordings, 2008) (with Renee-Louise Carafice & Tony Trimm, as Yoome)
  • Friday Night (Breakfast Records, 2008) (with Hi-Fidel, as Friday Night)
  • Terradactyl (Anticon, 2009) (with Polyphonic)
  • Conversations with Kenny / Legacy of Lee (Golden Floyd Records, 2009)
  • There's a Situation on the Homefront (Breakfast Records, 2010) (with Hi-Fidel & DJ Koufie, as Tha Grimm Teachaz)
  • Saturday Night (Breakfast Records, 2010) (with Hi-Fidel, as Friday Night)
  • Family & Friends (Anticon, 2011)
  • Shtaad (Blank Records, 2011) (with Sicker Man, as Shtaad)
  • C.A.R. (Anticon, 2012) (with Jel & Odd Nosdam)
  • Saal (Graveface Records, 2013) (with Sicker Man)
  • Kenny Dennis LP (Anticon, 2013) (with Odd Nosdam)
  • Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise, 2014) (with Son Lux & Sufjan Stevens, as Sisyphus)
  • Kenny Dennis III (Joyful Noise, 2014) (with Odd Nosdam)
  • Testarossa (Joyful Noise, 2016) (with Yoni Wolf, as Yoni & Geti)
  • Doctor My Own Patience (Graveface Records, 2016) (with Sicker Man)
  • Kaleidoscope (Audio Recon, 2017)
  • Dennehy (Fake Four Inc., 2017)
  • Jueles - Butterflies (self-released, 2017)
  • To the Max (self-released, 2018)

EPs

  • Bells and a Floating World (Anticon, 2010) (with Polyphonic)
  • There's a Situation on the Homefront EP (Chopped Herring Records, 2011) (with Hi-Fidel & DJ Koufie, as Tha Grimm Teachaz)
  • Davis (Leaving Records, 2011) (with Matthew David, as Davis)
  • Beak & Claw (Anticon, 2012) (with Son Lux & Sufjan Stevens, as S / S / S)
  • Kenny Dennis EP (Anticon, 2012) (with Jel & Odd Nosdam)
  • C.A.B. (Anticon, 2013) (with Jel & Odd Nosdam)
  • Time and Materials (Mello Music Group, 2015) (with Open Mike Eagle, as Cavanaugh)
  • You Can't Run from the Rhythm (Joyful Noise, 2015) (with Anders Holm, as Perfecto)
  • Dust EP (F5 Records, 2016) (with DJ Crucial)
  • Kaleidoscope EP (Joyful Noise, 2017)
  • Derek (Fake Four Inc./Audio Recon, 2017)
  • The Moon (self-released, 2018)

Remix albums

  • Friday Night Remixed (Breakfast Records, 2010) (with Hi-Fidel, as Friday Night)

Singles

  • "Black Giraffes / Busty Women" (F5 Records, 2003)
  • "Fast Living / Breakfast of Champions" (The Frozen Food Section, 2005)
  • "Be a Man" (Graveface Records, 2012) (with Advance Base & Tobacco)
  • "Firebird Logo" (Burnco, 2013)

Guest appearances

Compilation appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huff, Quentin B. (September 6, 2007). "Serengeti & Polyphonic: Dont Give Up". PopMatters. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Britt, Thomas (December 17, 2009). "Slipped Disc: Serengeti & Polyphonic - Terradactyl". PopMatters. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Kelly, Zach (July 21, 2011). "Serengeti: Family and Friends". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Pelly, Jenn (February 27, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens Teams With Son Lux and Rapper Serengeti as s / s / s, EP Due on Anticon". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (December 19, 2013). "Listen: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti Announce LP as Sisyphus, Share "Calm It Down"". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Camp, Zoe (July 30, 2012). "Serengeti - C.A.R." CMJ. Archived from the original on August 4, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012: Serengeti - Kenny Dennis EP (Anticon)". Spin. December 11, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Galil, Leor (June 26, 2013). "The enduring appeal of Serengeti's alter ego, Kenny Dennis". Chicago Reader. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Weiss, Dan (November 10, 2014). "Review: Serengeti's Emmy-Worthy 'Kenny Dennis III'". Spin. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Serengeti: Music: Ben Rubenstein". CenterstageChicago.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  11. ^ "Serengeti | Schedule | sxsw.com". SXSW Schedule 2013. Retrieved 2018-11-12.

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