Che “Rhymefest” Smith is the quintessential renaissance man as a father, husband, entrepreneur and raptivist. Inspired by his life experiences in a single-parent, working class household, Che has blazed a new trail in art, music and social activism. In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the historic record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late Registration, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. He is currently nominated for a grammy for co-writing 2013’s hit, “New Slaves.”
Finally, in 2011, Che was the first rapper to ever run for city council in Chicago. After successfully defeating 3 other candidates, he lost to the incumbent in a run-off race by a mere 200 votes. He continues to be active in local and national elections.
Che has supported countless community organizations as a mentor and motivational speaker. In 2013, Rhymefest along with Kanye West launched Donda’s House, Inc. to honor the educational legacy of Dr. Donda West (Kanye’s mother) by implementing arts and literature experiences that transform youth. Currently, he is finalizing his third major music release and first book release Violence Is Sexy, with an expected release in the Fall of 2014. Che “Rhymefest” Smith believes “the only true power is the power to empower others.”