Matthewdavid, Odd Nosdam, Serengeti, Bre'r, Ant'lrd, Calidonia County | Empty Bottle | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Matthewdavid, Odd Nosdam, Serengeti, Bre'r, Ant'lrd, Calidonia County Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Aug. 23, 8:30 p.m. 2013

More sketch-comedy writers should aspire to be like David Cohn. Better known as Chicago rapper Serengeti, he has an alter ego named Kenny Dennis, a fiftysomething blue-collar MC from the south side with an accent as thick as his mustache. Serengeti introduced the character on 2006’s Dennehy and has steadily expanded his world since then, even going so far as to release a 2010 LP by Kenny’s fictional early-90s rap group Tha Grimm Teachaz, There’s a Situation on the Homefront (the recording was purportedly shelved in its day but unearthed by Kenny’s little brother, Tanya). On the recent Kenny Dennis LP (Anticon) Serengeti makes his latest attempt to conjoin his alter ego's Chicago with our own, summoning a Kenny who seems more real than ever. He gets an assist from Evanston-bred comedian Anders Holm (of Comedy Central’s Workaholics), who fleshes out the character with skits about growing up in Chicagoland and hanging out with an older friend of his family's—who of course happens to be Kenny Dennis. And when Serengeti raps as the mush-mouthed everyman MC with a slight temper (especially on "Directions" and "Bang Em"), he seems to understand Kenny better than many MCs understand themselves. —Leor Galil

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