San Diego-bred, NYC-based Brett Uddenberg is a music journalist with over 100 published album and concert reviews to date. He writes for sites and publications including URB Magazine, DailySpots and San Diego Reader and has interviewed artists such as WHY?, Buck 65, Pigeon John and Dessa of Doomtree. Brett also works in freelance PR, crafting bios and one-sheets for a variety of independent musicians across the nation.
If Death was personified by a Cubs fan, he’d be wearing a turtleneck and headphones, and his name would be Steve Bartman. He’s the guy who reached beyond the ivy for a foul ball, interfered with the outstretched glove of a Cubs outfielder, and seemingly shattered the team’s World Series hopes once and for all. Well, for that season at least. Almost 10 years later, mentioning his name is the surest way to set a Cubs fan’s blood to boil, which is why it’s pretty gutsy—and hilarious—for Chicago rapper Serengeti to release a song and video in Bartman’s defense.
Serengeti is known for going out on a limb—he raps about Chicago sports and Polish sausage as if he’s the missing member of Bill Swerski’s Superfans—so it’s not surprising to see him here as mustachioed alter-ego Kenny Dennis, rapping on Chicago rooftops and hanging out in front of the Friendly Confines while broadcasting trivial MLB name-drops and his singular, Chicago-centric plea: “Don’t blame Steve.”
The track is from Serengeti’s new Kenny Dennis EP, out now on Anticon.