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Encyclopedia > Rhymefest
Rhymefest
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genre(s) Hip Hop
Years active 2006–present
Label(s) Allido Records/J Records
Website http://www.rhymefest.com

Che Smith, known by the stage name of Rhymefest, is an American hip hop artist (born January 1, 1977) from the South side of Chicago in Jeffrey Manor whose first official album, Blue Collar, was released on July 11, 2006. The Grammy Award winning co-writer of Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" is signed to Mark Ronson's Allido Records. In 1997, he famously beat rapper Eminem in a freestyle battle at the Scribble Jam, the largest American hip-hop festival. Image File history File links Information. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Allido Records Logo Allido Records is a record label and production company. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... The South Side of Chicago encompasses roughly 60% of the citys land area with a higher ratio of single-family homes and large sections zoned for industry. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... money maker, lose yourself , sumtin esle ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kÉ‘n. ... Jesus Walks was the third single from Kanye Wests debut album The College Dropout. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Allido Records Logo Allido Records is a record label and production company. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Scribble Jam is an annual hip hop music festival hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio, which has been called Americas Largest Hip Hop Festival. ...

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Biography

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For years, Rhymefest gained the reputation as one of the most charismatic, intelligent and humorous rappers on the freestyle battle rapping circuit. He gained attention because his lyrics were both witty and honest, and addressed the daily struggles that the average working person goes through, and not the over-glorified life of a drug dealer or clubgoer. He returned to Scribble Jam in 2003, where he defeated Yo Momma's Pimp to capture the title. Rhymefest was born July 6, 1977 on the south side of Chicago in Jeffrey Manor. Although he dropped out of South Shore High School, he would go on to earn his GED and even enroll in college at Columbia College in Chicago to study radio broadcasting at night school. He also worked as a substitute teacher to inner-city preschoolers at the time. In addition to all this, he was also building a reputation as one of the better known freestyle battle rappers in the Midwest. After enrolling at Columbia however, he learned his girlfriend was pregnant. He married her and moved to Indianapolis because she had been attending Purdue University in nearby West Lafayette. His son, Solomon, was born in 1998 and Rhymefest was forced to work various low-paying jobs, including one as a janitor at a university, to support his family while his wife went to school. When his wife graduated and went on to get a job as a chemical engineer, Fest was then able to devote his time to his true passion, music.[1] Image File history File links Information. ... Scribble Jam is an annual hip hop music festival hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio, which has been called Americas Largest Hip Hop Festival. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Columbia College Chicago is the largest arts communications college in the United States. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Purdue University (Purdue) is a land-grant, public university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. ... West Lafayette is a city located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. ...


While living in Indiana, Rhymefest was introduced to Mark Ronson by then manager Ron "DJ Indiana Jones" Miner. In February of 2003, Rhymefest signed his record contract with producer and DJ Mark Ronson's Allido Records, a subsidiary of Sony BMG's J Records, managed by Clive Davis. This was despite an offer on the table from long-time friend and producer Kanye West to sign with his own record company, GOOD Music. Fest attributes this decision to having a better musical relationship with Ronson and also not wanting to be in an "employer-employee" relationship with West, where difficulties in business could lead to a disruption of their musical relationship and even friendship. Fest had a great admiration for Ronson's ability to mesh music of different genres. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Allido Records Logo Allido Records is a record label and production company. ... Bertelsmann is a transnational media corporation founded in 1835, based in G tersloh, Germany. ... J Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG, and is distributed through the RCA Records Group. ... Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is a Grammy Award winning record producer and a leading music industry executive. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... GOOD Music is a hip hop and rock record label founded by music producer and rapper Kanye West. ...


Rhymefest was featured on the track "Bout to Get Ugly" on Ronson’s album "Here Comes the Fuzz” in 2003 along with Anthony Hamilton. He was also featured on the official soundtrack to the films The Rundown, Take The Lead, and Big Momma's House 2 with the track Private Dancer along with We Got Action. Fest was also a part of the Marc Ecko video game, "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" in 2005 and was most recently featured on the Kanye West track, "We Can Make It Better," on "Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now," a tribute CD for Hurricane Katrina. Anthony Hamilton Anthony Hamilton (born in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an R&B/soul singer and songwriter who rose to fame with his 2003 debut album Comin From Where Im From, which featured the singles Comin from Where Im From, Charlene, and Im a Mess. ... The Rundown (also known as Welcome to the Jungle) is an action film starring The Rock and Seann William Scott about a bounty hunter/enforcer/aspiring chef named Beck who must head for the Amazon Rainforest to capture someone. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Marc Eckō Eckō is a brand of urban clothing that has been popular among the subculture since the late 1990s, but has moved into the mainstream during the early 2000s. ... This article is about the Atlantic hurricane of 2005. ...


A mixtape released in 2001 entitled "Raw Dawg" was largely produced by the then relatively-unknown producer, West. More recently and most notably, he collaborated with West on the record "Jesus Walks," from the ground-breaking album The College Dropout. On February 15, 2005, Rhymefest earned the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song, along with West, for co-writing the song. Rhymefest had the initial idea for the song and discovered the sample used in the song, Arc Choir's "Walk with Me." Rhymefest played the song for West and then gave it to him to use for the album West was working on at the time, The College Dropout. Fest didn't have a record contract at that time and he knew that if West could produce it and become famous, he would be able to gain some notoriety from it as well. Fest co-wrote the chorus and first verse with West and even wrote and performed a third verse that did not make the final cut, but is performed on his mixtape, "A Star is Born". Jesus Walks was the third single from Kanye Wests debut album The College Dropout. ... Singles from The College Dropout Released: September 30, 2003 Released: February 24, 2004 Released: May 25, 2004 The College Dropout is the debut album by rapper Kanye West, released in 2004. ... is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... money maker, lose yourself , sumtin esle ...


Rhymefest's much-anticipated first album "Blue Collar" was released July 11, 2006. On the album he works closely with long-time collaborator and producer Mark Ronson, as well as with producers Kanye West, No I.D., Just Blaze and Cool and Dre. The first single off the album is entitled, "Brand New," and is produced by and features West with a video featuring renowned Hip hop model Bria Myles. Artists he collaborates with on "Blue Collar" are Citizen Cope, Carl Thomas, Mario and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. Rhymefest's second album is scheduled to be released Fall 07. The album titled "El Che" is expected to show growth and dynamic talent. No I.D. is a songwriter and record producer. ... Justin Smith (born in Paterson, New Jersey on January 14, 1978), better known as Just Blaze, is an American hip hop music producer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Bria Myles in a photo shoot Bria Myles (born May 21, 1984) is an American Hip hop model and actress from North Hollywood, California USA. Bria attended Fairfax High School located in Los Angeles, California, near the border of West Hollywood in the Fairfax District. ... Citizen Cope is a pseudonym of Clarence Greenwood, keyboardist, guitarist, singer, DJ, and record producer, and the name of the band that he leads. ... Carl Thomas is an African-American R&B singer who was born on June 15, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois where he attended Simeon High School. ... Mario on the cover of his album Turning Point Mario Barrett (born August 27, 1986 in Baltimore, Maryland), professionally known as Mario is an R&B singer who is most known for his 2005 hit Let Me Love You. Mario is signed to Clive Daviss J Records, and is... Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004) was an American MC known by the stage name Ol Dirty Bastard (often shortened to ODB). ...


Notable television appearances

Fest was seen on the MTV show Punk'd when Kanye West was the subject of a practical joke on the set of his second music video for "Jesus Walks." Rhymefest was the first to greet West as he stepped out of a van after it had been revealed to him that he had just been "Punk'd." Rhymefest was on the set of the video to give his input as he co-wrote the track. Also appeared on TRL along with Kanye West and other stars introducing new artists to the game such as Pharrell Williams introducing Robin Thicke. MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Punkd was an American hidden camera practical joke television series on MTV, produced and hosted by Ashton Kutcher, which first aired in 2003. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... Jesus Walks was the third single from Kanye Wests debut album The College Dropout. ... money maker, lose yourself , sumtin esle ...


Rhymefest was also featured heavily on the episode of the VH1 show, "Driven," that dealt with the life story of Kanye West as told by his family, friends and colleagues. They met as 15 years-olds in Chicago and have been close friends ever since. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...


Rhymefest guest starred in an episode of the second season of "Nick Cannon's Wild N' Out" on MTV, originally aired on Thursday, February 23, 2006. During the "Wildstyle" segment of the show, Fest freestyled to Nick Cannon, "The black team, a real hard team to deal with, what the hell is this? A little baby Will Smith? I don't understand, by all accounts, Nick Cannon, get out of here, you need to Roll... Bounce!" After that, in response to a rap about his lisp, he rapped, "Yeah I got a lisp, I understand this, but why you look like a piece of big Suge Knight's shit? I don't understand, wait a minute, don't bug me, Celie from The Color Purple, 'You sho is ugly!'" He also performed "Brand New" with Kanye West on the episode. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nick Cannon Presents Wild N Out is a show on MTV starring Nick Cannon. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... “W. S.” redirects here. ... Roll Bounce is a 2005 comedy-drama film starring rapper Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith and Jurnee Smollett. ... Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records Marion Knight, Jr. ... The Color Purple is a 1982 novel by Alice Walker which received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ...


"Brand New" was featured on the series premiere of the MTV program, 8th & Ocean. It was being played in the Miami club, Privé, while Britt danced with Adrian. 8th & Ocean was a reality TV show that premiered on MTV on March 7, 2006. ...


Fest appeared on Chicago PBS station's local affairs program Chicago Tonight as the first rap artist ever on the program. Chicago Tonight is an evening television news program broadcast weeknights on WTTW in Chicago. ...


Appears in puppet form and performs the new Crank Yankers theme song Crank Yankers is a United States TV show produced by Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison that features actual prank calls made by show regulars and celebrity guests which are re-enacted onscreen by puppets. ...


Appeared on an episode of 'Chancers' with Matthew Knowles.(yes)


Appeared on an episode of 'Last Call With Carson Daly', where he performed his single "Fever". Instead of reciting the third verse, he broke into a freestyle about Carson and people in the audience.


Rhymefest the Goodwill Hip Hop Ambassador

On October 19, 2006, Rhymefest met with the United Kingdom's Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron of the Conservative Party. They discussed the issue of violent rap lyrics which Cameron had highlighted as a problem and they both agreed that hip hop music should not be banned, but that rappers should portray the positive side of life in their music. According to the London Metro, Rhymefest treated the British politician to a performance in his House of Commons office and even invited him to venture with him to a nightclub. However this was turned down by Cameron due to his busy schedule. is the 292nd day of the year (293rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom is the politician who leads Her Majestys Most Loyal Opposition. ... David William Donald Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom, positions he has occupied since December 2005. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... Cover for an issue of the Metro newspaper, October 25th 2004. ... Type Lower House Speaker of the House of Commons Leader of the House of Commons Michael Martin, (Non-affiliated) since October 23, 2000 Harriet Harman, QC, (Labour) since June 28, 2007 Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Theresa May, PC, (Conservative) since December 6, 2005 Members 646 Political groups... // This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Discography

Singles

  • 1997: This is How We Chill pts. 1/2
  • 2006: "These Days"
  • 2006: "Brand New" (featuring Kanye West) #32 UK
  • 2006: "Dynomite (Going Postal)"
  • 2006: "Fever"

Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ...

Studio albums

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blue Collar is the debut album by Grammy Award winning songwriter and long-time friend of Kanye West, Rhymefest. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Quotes

"The entire concept behind my project is to fight the wackness that rap has become... There are enough people trying to be gangsters without me going that route... What we need in hip-hop right now are rappers who are both truthful and entertaining."

- taken from Rhymefest.com

"This is stuff that happens in the streets and that's why I named my album 'Blue Collar,' because I feel like it's the hustle. The grind is a hustle. Like, if you go down to the Southside of Chicago, where I'm from you might not see six brothers out there slinging dope, you might see five people on the bus stop going to work, but ain't nobody talking about that."

- taken from interview at BallerStatus.net

"There's hardworking people that try to make ends meet that come home and have to deal with a drug addict in their family, or with children that's been molested, or with utilities that have been turned off. Hard times are something that great comedy has been made of. Hard times are something that great books have been made of. Why not great rap?"

- taken from article at The Meter

External links

- Fest performs "Bullet," "These Days," "Devil's Pie," "More," "All Girls Cheat" and "Brand New" from his album "Blue Collar"

Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Citizen Cope is a pseudonym of Clarence Greenwood, keyboardist, guitarist, singer, DJ, and record producer, and the name of the band that he leads. ... MusicBrainz (MusicBrainz. ...

Multimedia

Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... Citizen Cope is a pseudonym of Clarence Greenwood, keyboardist, guitarist, singer, DJ, and record producer, and the name of the band that he leads. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... John Legend (born John Stephens, 28 December 1978, Columbus, Ohio) is an R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ...

See also

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kɑn. ... Allido Records Logo Allido Records is a record label and production company. ... money maker, lose yourself , sumtin esle ... Jesus Walks was the third single from Kanye Wests debut album The College Dropout. ... Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004) was an American MC known by the stage name Ol Dirty Bastard (often shortened to ODB). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Interviews and articles

  • [1] Interview with SoundSlam.com
  • Rhymefest: Funny But True Vibe article, May 12, 2006
  • Working Man Rolling Stone article, January 27, 2006
  • Rhymefest: Blue Collar Hustler Interview with Baller Status, December 20, 2005
  • Keepin It Really, Really Real Interview with Chicago Reader's The Meter, December 16, 2005
  • Interview with SOHH November 4, 2005.
  • Blue-Collar Poppin’ Newsweek Article, August 19, 2005
  • Rhymefest - Saving Grace Vibe Magazine Article, June 8, 2005
  • Rhymefest: The Greatest, Like Ali, rapper believes in himself Nuvo Magazine article, March 31, 2004
  • All Hip Hop Interview
  • All Hip Hop Article Rhymefest Talks Hip-Hop with Tory Party Leader, October 10, 2006

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Rhymefest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1528 words)
For years, Rhymefest gained the reputation as one of the most charismatic, intelligent and humorous rappers on the freestyle battle rapping circuit.
Rhymefest was born January 1, 1977 on the south side of Chicago in Jeffrey Manor.
Rhymefest was also featured heavily on the episode of the VH1 show, "Driven," that dealt with the life story of Kanye West as told by his family, friends and colleagues.
Guardian Unlimited Arts | | 'We need heroes' (1323 words)
Rhymefest developed his skills as a battle rapper - back in 1997, he was one of the few MCs capable of besting a young Eminem - but this is surely his biggest battle yet.
Rhymefest does all this without a trace of hectoring or sanctimony, so while he taunts politicians and paints vivid portraits of America's lost souls, he also laughs at his own contradictions.
Rhymefest's mission depends on convincing the millions of fans hooked on 50 Cent's gangsta fantasies that they're their own worst enemies.
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