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Che Smith (born July 6, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name Rhymefest, is a Grammy Award winning American hip hop artist signed to Mark Ronson’s Allido Records. In 2006 he released his debut album Blue Collar, and released his second album, titled El Che, in 2010. In 2005 he won a Grammy Award for the Best Rap Song, along with Kanye West, for his contribution in writing Jesus Walks.

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.


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  • ThriceThreeTime

    He was busy in Chi-town running for Alderman.

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • gendervariant

    I love that he is trying to actually make a change in his community instead of just talking about it to gain popularity from the socially "conscious" folk. I don't agree with his methods, but I fully support him.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • gendervariant

    Independent would be a better word to describe him rather than "underground". Even though the average person in the real world doesn't even know who he is outside of the commercialized BS he did with Kanye West. *shrug*

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sqmaster1234

    Bullet is definitely one of my favorites. Awesome album.

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sjm26b

    "wanted" is so underrated

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • jamiegotmadskil

    I dig the sample from my favorite band The Strokes.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • AddictedShane

    God damn he made my day

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • KaliYall

    @Musik Suchtig: I wouldn't consider someone with over a million plays on here "sooo underground." He may not get the recognition you think he deserves, but he's obviously pretty well known.

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • jorbachov

    Where is the manual ? pulls me back and EXODUS 5.1!!! classic

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MusikSuchtig

    I love the way he vocalizes, this has to do with his anatomy and the shape in his face and muscles. Great that he was given that gift! Love his voice too, not to mention his lyrics, so he is "the package"! Now someone tell me why he is sooo underground?

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ZebTM

    @Machiventa I think that was a common sentiment lol

    12 Feb 2011 Reply
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  • Wind_Ninja

    Очень слабо.

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Machiventa

    Y'all should check out his mixtape Dangerous 5:18 that dropped right before El Che. It's really dope also. I think I like it more lol

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
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    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Fast_Footies

    Rhymefest should be one of the greatest rappers known to the public but he isn't he's good but not really popular

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • DiscoDreamdate

    El Che is the shit [2]

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • UncleDogg

    does anyone have "Stolen" in good quality (192 kbps or higher) please)))) anyone?

    5 Jul 2010 Reply

    El Che is the shit

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Xavier_Pryce

    Why do you say that ?

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
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