Diverse (born Kenny
Jenkins in Chicago,
Illinois) is an American rapper.
An underground hip-hop
artist, he has
received critical acclaim "from knowledgeable heads
Diverse got his start in the Chicago hip-hop scene while being
employed at a post office
. He has worked
or associated with Chicago hip-hop mainstays such as J.U.I.C.E.
, Modill, and Iomos Marad
. His debut EP, Move
featuring the track "Time", appeared in 2001.He has professional
relationships with RJD2
and Prefuse 73
. He contributed to Prefuse 73's album
One Word Extinguisher
, rhyming on the track "Plastic".
also produced the original beat for "Wylin' Out," a track that
paired Diverse with the beloved New York rapper
The single "Wylin' Out" was
well-received, with remixes by Definitive
's RJD2 and K-Kruz, and included on the 2002 Urban
2003: One A.M.
Both Prefuse 73 and RJD2 contributed tracks to Diverse's 2003 debut
full-length, One A.M.
Prefuse 73's contributions were the
-flavored beats for "Jus Biz,"
"Leaving," and the interlude "Amberglis." RJD2's work on the album
is some of the most directly rock
-influenced work of his career. Other
producers who contributed to the project were K-Kruz, Overflo, and
. Guest appearances were made by
, the fierce Jean Grae
' Lyrics Born
Two of Diverse's songs from his One A.M.
"Blindman," produced by K-Kruz, and "Explosive (Caural Mix)," were
featured on the soundtrack of Capcom
game Final Fight Streetwise
for the PlayStation 2
and the Xbox
. Also featured on the soundtrack was "Wylin' Out
(RJD2 Remix)" with Mos Def.
same year, Diverse was featured on the track "Gray Scale" by
Diverse teamed with a Detroit-based crew
called Lawless Element, appearing on
a track called "...Something."
Magnif, the producer
associated with Lawless Element, is among those working with
Diverse on his second full-length, Round About
Summer 2006 saw Diverse participate in The Storm Tour, travelling
across North America
, Ugly Duckling
, and Wrekonize
. Diverse's setlist drew heavily from the
still unreleased album and mixtape.
In June 2006, Diverse was featured on the Chocolate Swim E.P.
, a combined
effort of Chocolate Industries
's Adult Swim
, and Mountain
. On the six-track EP, Diverse appeared on another version
of "Wylin' Out," this time a remix by Kut
, and a remix of his song "Ain't Right" by DJ Mitsu
. This EP was available for free download
on the Adult Swim website.
Diverse's second album will be called Round About
. The few
published progress reports on it have indicated the continued
contributions of Madlib, K-Kruz, and Prefuse 73 and also
involvement from Oh No
, Sa-Ra Creative Partners
and the late J Dilla
. Featured guest
performers are slated to include Gift of Gab
), Strange Fruit Project
, Invincible, and
The Hypnotic. As of May 31, Diverse is said to be wrapping up
production on the album.
Slated to precede the release of Round About
, a mixtape
from Round About
content, rare works, little-heard remixes
previously unreleased songs, and, chiefly, covers
of songs considered "standards
" or "classics
" of the hip-hop genre.
Diverse cites Mos Def, Pharaohe Monch
of Organized Konfusion
Posdnuos of De La Soul
as his three main
influences. He also acknowledges Spike
, Kimbo Slice
, Robert Mugabe
and Sidney Poitier
Lyrical style and content
His style is clear with a large vocabulary and frequent use of
imagery. His tracks, even his battle
, are more delicate and less confrontational in tone than
many rappers'. This can be attributed to his roots in poetry
- 2001 Move EP
- 2003 One A.M.
- Round About (forthcoming)
- 2007 The Standard
- 2009 Enemy of the State
- 2002 Certified/Build
- 2003 Explosive
- 2004 Jus Biz
- 2004 Big Game
- Beatseeking Missives: Diverse. The
Stranger, 18 March, 2004. Retrieved 19 June, 2006
- Diverse Part of Chicago Rap Explosion. Chicago
Tribune, cited at Chocolate Industries. Retrieved 19 June,
- Diverse: Chicago Postal Worker-Turned-MC Delivers.
Urb, cited at Chocolate Industries. Retrieved 19 June,
- The Storm Tour. mySpace.com, 10 May, 2006. Retrieved
19 June 2006.
- . mySpace.com, Retrieved 16 November
- Diverse wrapping up long-awaited new album.
Chicago Tribune, retrieved 12 June 2009.
- Alarm Magazine, cited at Chocolate Industries. Retrieved 19 June,
- Bases Loaded: He Digs Baseball and Poetry. Hip Hoppin' Diverse
is Aptly Named.... Jockey Slut, December 2003, cited at
Chocolate Industries. Retrieved 19 June,