October 21st, 2010
04:45 PM ET
One of Kanye West’s friends and collaborators is taking his talents from the rap game to the political one.
Rapper Rhymefest, whose real name is Che Smith, announced at a press conference on Thursday his intentions to run for alderman of the 20th Ward at the Chicago City Council.
“We can use Hip-Hop to engage our youth and the community,’’ Smith said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s often portrayed as a weapon. It’s not. It’s a tool.’’
The 33-year-old Smith, a Grammy winner who co-wrote West’s hit “Jesus Walks," is a native of Chicago, Illinois.
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