Lizzo, Cavanaugh | Subterranean | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Lizzo, Cavanaugh 17+ Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Feb. 18, 8:30 p.m. 2016

Chicago rappers David Cohn (aka Serengeti) and Open Mike Eagle have carved out fascinating solo careers traversing the shadows of their labyrinthine minds. Hyde Park native Eagle, who now lives in LA, unravels our technologically impaired dystopian present with comedic aplomb, while Serengeti surrounds his vulnerable real life with the colorful, evolving universe of his fiftysomething blue-collar alter ego, Kenny Dennis. Last year the pair teamed up under the name Cavanaugh; their lone full-length, November’s Time & Materials (Mello Music Group), is short on run time but long on ambition. It’s a concept album about a couple of maintenance veterans named Dave and Mike who work in Cavanaugh, a fictional mixed-income housing unit in the also-fictional town of Detroit, Florida. Over Eagle’s zonked-out instrumentals the MCs provide heartfelt depictions of the building’s residents. Five of the album’s nine songs don’t even cross the three-minute mark, but together these guys can make an impression quick. Cohn vividly spreads solemn embers with the first handful of lines on “Wonder Girl”: “I went to sleep sad / I never met my foster dad / He was always gone away from foster mom / But that gave us time to get close / We made love near a field of oaks.”

Leor Galil

Price: $15

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