|Birth name||David Cohn|
|Also known as||KDz, Derek, Kenny Dennis, Lee, Geti King|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
Alternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
|Labels||Anticon, F5 Records, Golden Floyd Records, Bonafyde Recordings, Audio 8 Recordings, Breakfast Records, Graveface Records|
|Associated acts||Yoni Wolf, Jel, Odd Nosdam, Advance Base, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Polyphonic, Tha Grimm Teachaz, Friday Night, Yoome, Sickerman, Open Mike Eagle|
He is a member of Sisyphus along with Son Lux and Sufjan Stevens. The trio released Beak & Claw in February 2012 and a self-titled album in 2014. Serengeti released Kenny Dennis EP and C.A.R. later that year. The EP and the album are both produced by Jel and Odd Nosdam.
Serengeti's music is a sharp departure from most mainstream hip hop, which he considers "depressing" and always consists of "the same redundant ideas." His music includes numerous references to Chicago culture often done in character as one of his several personae. On the title track of his album Dennehy, Serengeti assumes the role of "Kenny," a married man who loves Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox with a thick Chicago accent reminiscent of Bill Swerski's Superfans. The track makes numerous references that would be well known to a Chicagoan, including the radio station WCKG, polish and Italian sausage, Tom Skilling, Mike Ditka, Dave Corzine, Portillo's Restaurants and "The Super Bowl Shuffle."
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." Although the album helped him garner a large fanbase, Serengeti's other albums explore different genres of music from garage rock, electronic music, underground hip hop and experimental hip hop.
- 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)
- "Cavanaugh" (Mello Music Group, 2015)
- Testarossa (Joyful Noise, 2016) (with Yoni Wolf, as Yoni & Geti)
- 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)
- Friday Night Remixed (Breakfast Records, 2010) (with Hi-Fidel, as Friday Night)
- "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)
- Themselves - "Keys to Ignition" from The Free Houdini (2009)
- Tobacco - "2 Thick Scoops" from LA UTI (2010)
- Open Mike Eagle - "Easter Surgery" from Unapologetic Art Rap (2010)
- Open Mike Eagle - "Universe Man" from 4NML HSPTL (2012)
- "Blood Pt. 2" on Dark Was the Night (2009)
- Nicholls, Chris (June 30, 2009). "Serengeti And Polyphonic - Terradactyl". Drowned in Sound.
- Cohen, Jake (June 6, 2011). "Serengeti – Family & Friends". Consequence of Sound.
- Pellyon, Jenn (February 27, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens Teams With Son Lux and Rapper Serengeti as s / s / s, EP Due on Anticon". Pitchfork Media.
- Minsker, Evan (December 19, 2013). "Listen: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti Announce LP as Sisyphus, Share "Calm It Down"". Pitchfork Media.
- Reeves, Mosi (July 31, 2012). "Serengeti's Alter Ego Loves O'Douls, Hates O'Neal". MTV Hive.
- Serengeti: Music: Ben Rubenstein: CenterstageChicago.com Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- JIVEMagazine.com - Serengeti: Dennehy