Serengeti (rapper)

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Serengeti
Birth name David Cohn
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Tha 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: Dennehy". JIVEMagazine.com. 

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