Serengeti & Kenny Segal - Ajai
Apr 9, 2020
Kenny Segal and billy woods. Kenny Segal and Hemlock Ernst. Kenny Segal and R.A.P. Ferreira. And now Kenny Segal and Serengeti. Kenny Segal is on fire of late, Ajai is the next in what is growing into an ever-more impressive series of collaborative albums with the LA-based producer's name on it.

Even if Kenny Segal's production work is an important part of the appeal of Ajai, this is very much a Serengeti project. On Ajai, the idiosyncratic Chicago emcee/poet revisits Kenny Dennis - a character Serengeti has built a whole history around on multiple previous releases. The Kenny Dennis character supposedly was 'retired', but now reappears on the second half of the album, while the whole album takes place in the 'Kenny Dennis universe'.

Serengeti is such a good writer - he really deserves props for his storytelling and worldbuilding abilities, even if his dense lyrical imagery may prove to be too much for the casual listener. Those familiar with Serengeti's other works and Kenny Dennis's backstory will know what to expect, newcomers will be rewarded if they are willing and able to invest the time and attention a project like this needs to be fully appreciated.

Don't let the wack cover art dissuade you - Ajai is a fascinating project, that deserves attention. Probably not for everybody, but fans of Serengeti and the likes of R.A.P. Ferreira (fka Milo), Open Mike Eagle, Quelle Chris, and others from that corner of Hip Hop will love Ajai.

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