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- Kenny Dennis EP by Serengeti
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It's not every day that a new Anticon release appears on our turntable so it always makes my ears prick up a little to find out what they are up to. My initial thoughts on this is that it's not at all what I expected - it comes across initially like a deeply midwestern take on The Streets or something similar in that it's...um...well a bit laddish. Turns out Serengeti is the new project of Kenny Dennis, a 2006 era Chicago based rapper who sported a moustache and sang about such blue collar interests as baseball, football (American), soda and sausages. Kind of a hip-hop Robert Pollard without the streams of consciousness. Anyway this six track album is produced by a combination of Jel and Odd Nosdam. The winner is opener 'Rib Tips' which is kind of an American take on Mike Skinner's 'big spinning stick' obsession with mean but luckily has wonderful Herb Alpert type trumpet motif keeping it listenable. Elsewhere it's all thugged out rhymes and muscly beats, Dennis's personality and the subject matter ('Shazam' is a retort to Shaquille O'Neal after the basketball star made fun of Dennis's moustache) keeps it interesting but musically it just isn't distinctive enough to survive on its own merits.
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