Audio 8, 2008
Serengeti is all of my favourite rappers rolled into one; I cannot think of another emcee who comes as diverse and original from album-to-album and even track-to-track. Dennehy (Lights, Camera, Action!) is billed as a re-release of the 2006 version of Dennehy, but with seven new songs, new skits, and re-mixed / re-mastered versions of the originals, it is really much more. Based on a screenplay written by Serengeti, the album fittingly plays out as a Chicago hip hop musical with Geti impressively acting each role and providing snapshots into the troubled everyday lives of his entertaining cast. The highlights are the raps, but consistently tight production from Emynd and Midas Wells, amongst a few others, definitely help to further elevate the album. If there was a best actor nod given for fictional rap album performances it would have to go to Kenny, Serengeti’s charming star of Dennehy, a stereotypical Chicago resident who would be perfectly at home on SNL’s Superfans skit. Kenny would tell you to go grab a case of O’Douls and pick up Dennehy (Lights, Camera, Action!).
Better Than: Mike Ladd – Nostalgialator
Worse Than: Sole – Selling Live Water
Serengeti “I Don’t Know”