Rhymefest Loses Alderman Bid

| April 6, 2011 | 10 Comments

Unfortunately, Rhymefest’s quest to make a difference in his community was cut short last night after losing a close run-off to Willie Cochran for Alderman of the 20th Ward of Chicago.  The margin in this race was much closer than in the general election, and many thought ‘Fest would squeek by.  However, in the 9th inning, Cochran received the support of newly-elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which didn’t help matters.

With 84 percent of precincts in, Cochran had 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent for Smith, a Grammy-winning rap artist.

Earlier tonight, Smith’s election night party was underway with hip hop music blasting from large speakers when the candidate arrived. A small group of mostly young people followed his mist green Cadillac.

Holding his grandmother on one arm and his wife on the other, Smith said he felt a lot of energy at the polls.

“It’s not about me winning or losing, it’s about hope,” Smith said. “Eleven and 12 year old children ask me ‘can you stop the gang banging?’ I say ‘you have to help too.’ ”

“People want little things like a quizno’s or subway in the neighborhood. They want somewhere to get a sandwich on 63rd,” he said.

When asked what he will do once the votes are counted tonight, Smith quipped, “I’m going home and hug on my wife.”

Tribune

I thought it was bullshit how Cochran and his counterparts slandered Che, claiming he was a “Gangster” rapper, and concentrated more on his rap sheet than his actual rap lyrics.  Say what you want about ‘Fest, but he’s never been a “Gangster” or “Street” rapper in any sense of the word.  Typical mudslinging, but it’s a dirty game out there.  Congrats to Che for running a tight race and never giving up.


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  1. ChiefJ4 says:

    I would argue that although he did not win, he still made a difference in the community and is a model for what you can do to promote change in your own community. It’s still a vicotory for Chicago and Hip-Hop because who else is doing this? who else is walking that shit, instead of talking? I salute Rhymfest, as i know Fakeshoredrive does. Can’t win them all, but he did highlight some key issues that cannot go ignored hereforth. I am sure he will continue to be an intrical part of local and global politics affecting the inner city youth. He’s a winner in my eyes!

    West Side

  2. ECHO says:

    Though he didn’t win the seat as Alderman for the the 20th Ward of Chicago, Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith ran a good race, stayed the course and still remains victorious. Many honors go to him for be a strong fighter. The battle is not over.

  3. ECHO says:

    Though he didn’t win the seat as Alderman for the the 20th Ward of Chicago, Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith ran a good race, stayed the course and still remains victorious. Many honors go to him for being a strong fighter. The battle is not over.

  4. ECHO says:

    Though he didn’t win the seat as Alderman for the the 20th Ward of Chicago, Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith ran a good race, stayed the course and still remains victorious. Many honors go to him for being a strong fighter. The battle is not over.

  5. he may not have won but i am sure he’s still gonna be very involved in the community in some way or another and in politics still. like everyone has said, he lost this but still won on many other fronts and still going to fight other battles, regardless.

  6. gzuspiece says:

    fam gets all the respect in the world from me….rappers usually dont take it all the way where he took it.

  7. gzuspiece says:

    fam gets all the respect in the world from me….rappers usually dont take it all the way where he took it.

  8. professor pickle says:

    In the year 2000, a man named Barack Obama lost to Bobby Rush 30% to 61%. And look where he is now!

  9. dawreck says:

    now its just time to go HARDER!

  10. b says:

    When did Rhymefest get married? Less than 2 years ago? Otherwise…
    I honor his running, but I’m not sure that he genuinely lives what he teaches.

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