Che Rhymefest Smith

Artist
2017Fall

The man who shares his first name with the pre-eminent Marxist revolutionary Che, also goes by his artist alias 'Rhymefest' Smith. Both names explain his preoccupation by combining lyrics and music with politics. As an undying philanthropist and activist, he is strongly engaged in Donda's House, a nonprofit organization to support young aspiring artists in Chicago. Besides his political aspirations, Che has several award-winning songs, among them "Jesus Walks," co–written with Kanye West, which won the Grammy for Best Rap Song in 2013. "New Slaves," another song taken from West's album Yeezus (2013) and "Glory," co-authored with John Legend and Common, received the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. "Glory" was the title song for the Oscar nominated movie Selma and was performed at the 87th Academy Awards show 2015.

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