Serengeti “C.A.R.” | Anticon
Chicago’s Serengeti has released a new full length C.A.R. on the prestigious Anticon Records this year. As a record that pushes into extremes of sonic territory and a non stop head nodding anthemic kick and snare approach from the infamous Jel and Odd Nosdam, this record packs a powerful punch. Serengeti is one of those lyricist who approaches his albums with multiple characters of different origins infused and raps with a different sense of charisma through out. It’s the style of rhyming that has become a dominant feature of the Anticon imprint. Odd Nosdam and Jel approach this album with a sense of classic break beats while staying true to their experimental melodic roots. They pull out some old and new tricks for this record and it’s one of the best experimental hip hop albums because of this yin and yang. Yoni of Why?, also of the Anticon family, makes a cameo appearance on the auspicious and odd lyrical track “Geti Life” with background vocals to add.
Serengeti enlarges the body of hip hop with C.A.R., giving new breath into the art form that has been over taken in large part by mainstream forms of music that follow trends and not hearts. There is a heavy nod to late 80′s and early 90′s hip hop formats with tons of scratching and break beats to excite any fan of that era. Serengeti flows with the menacing age of information and the oddest words are placed together from it. References towards moments of life, items of our childhood, injustices of his surroundings and of course lines that don’t make any sense, there is no way to truly summarize how he approaches his lyrics on this album. It’s fun as hell to follow every line and construct a stream of items that come at you. C.A.R. is the type of album that adds to the stream of artists who are putting back a large dose of creativity into the hip hop foundation. Stagnation can only last for so long until the rain falls again.
Grab this record if you have enjoyed what Anticon has been doing over the last 15 years. It won’t be a disappointing experience.