Posted about this last week because I thought there was next to no chance of my being able to review it...but surprise, I got an assignment from Blurt just afterwards, and now my review is up on the site.
Family & Friends
Serengeti, the Chicago-born, LA-based rapper David Cohn, inhabits nearly a dozen different personas on his Family & Friends and sheds additional sympathetic light on a large cast of bystanders. Whether he's embodying the exhausted bigamist of "Goddamit" or the wistful young man connecting with his dad through drugs on "Long Ears" or the washed-up UFC gladiator in "The Whip", he observes without judging. Friends & Family is more like a short-story collection than poetry, though it has its share of arresting lines.