Kenny Jenkins, better known by his stage name Diverse, is an American rapper. An underground hip hop artist, he has received critical acclaim "from knowledgeable heads worldwide".[1][2]

Birth nameKenny Jenkins
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresUnderground hip hop
Years active2001–present
LabelsChocolate Industries
Associated actsRJD2, Prefuse 73, Madlib, Mos Def


Diverse got his start in the Chicago hip-hop scene while being employed at a post office.[3]

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". Prefuse 73 also produced the original beat for "Wylin' Out," a track that paired Diverse with the beloved New York City rapper Mos Def. The single "Wylin' Out" was well-received,[3] with remixes by Definitive Jux's RJD2 and K-Kruz, and included on the 2002 Urban Renewal Program compilation. Both Prefuse 73 and RJD2 contributed tracks to Diverse's 2003 debut full-length, One A.M. Prefuse 73's contributions were the ambient-flavored beats for "Jus Biz", "Leaving", and the interlude "Amberglis".[citation needed]

Two of Diverse's songs from his One A.M. album, "Blindman", produced by K-Kruz, and "Explosive (Caural Mix)," were featured on the soundtrack of Capcom's 2006 game Final Fight Streetwise for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Also featured on the soundtrack was "Wylin' Out (RJD2 Remix)" with Mos Def. The song "Certified" was also featured in Tony Hawk's Underground 2. In the same year, Diverse was featured on the track "Gray Scale" by Montreal-area DJ Ghislain Poirier.[citation needed]

In 2005, Diverse teamed with a Detroit-based crew called Lawless Element, appearing on a track called "...Something."

Summer 2006 saw Diverse participate in The Storm Tour, travelling across North America with headliner Aceyalone, Ugly Duckling, Mayday!, and Wrekonize. Diverse's setlist drew heavily from the still unreleased album and mixtape. In June 2006, Diverse was featured on the Chocolate Swim EP, a collaboration of Chocolate Industries and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. On the six-track EP, Diverse appeared on a Kut Masta Kurt remix of "Wylin' Out" with Mos Def and a DJ Mitsu The Beats remix of his song "Ain't Right".

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, Hezekiah, and the late J Dilla.[4]

Slated to precede the release of Round About is The Standard, a mixtape comprising snippets from Round About, exclusive content, rare works, little-heard remixes, previously unreleased songs, and, chiefly, covers of songs considered "standards" or "classics" of the hip-hop genre. Standards: The Mixtape was released in 2006.

Style and influencesEdit

Diverse cites Mos Def, Pharaohe Monch of Organized Konfusion, and Posdnuos of De La Soul as his three main influences.[5][6]




  • Standards (2007)


  • Move (2001)


  • "Certified" b/w "Build" (2002)
  • "Wylin Out" (2002) with Mos Def and Prefuse 73
  • "Explosive" (2003)
  • "Jus Biz" (2004)
  • "Big Game" (2004)
  • "Escape Earth (The Moon)" (2008)

Guest appearancesEdit

Compilation appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "Beatseeking Missives: Diverse". The Stranger. March 18, 2004. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  2. ^ "Diverse Part of Chicago Rap Explosion". Chocolate Industries. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on June 25, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Diverse: Chicago Postal Worker-Turned-MC Delivers". Chocolate Industries. Urb. Archived from the original on June 25, 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2006.
  4. ^ "Diverse wrapping up long-awaited new album". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
  5. ^ "Alarm Magazine". Chocolate Industries. Archived from the original on June 25, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  6. ^ "Bases Loaded: He Digs Baseball and Poetry. Hip Hoppin' Diverse is Aptly Named ..." Chocolate Industries. Jockey Slut. December 2003. Archived from the original on June 25, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2006.

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