Family & Friends
Released: Jul 2011
Chicago rapper Serengeti has spent the past decade issuing quirky character sketches, but his Anticon albums, including Family & Friends are introducing him to a larger audience. Though not necessarily the inheritor of Anticon's indie-rap tradition, his tales of moving to "California," dabbling in drugs ("A.R.P.") and imagining himself as the son of a deadbeat rap star ("Long Ears") have a shy poignancy reminiscent of Deep Puddle Dynamics and Themselves. Owen Ashworth of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Yoni Wolf of WHY? produce indie-pop beats for this 30-minute delight.