Birth name

Che Smith


July 6, 1977 (1977-07-06) (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.


Hip hop



Years active



No Strings Attached Music (1996)
J Records (2003-2009)
Allido Records (2003-2009)
dNBe Entertainment (2010)

Associated acts

Kanye West

Che Smith (born July 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Rhymefest, is an American rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his longtime affiliation with Kanye West, helping him write the Grammy Award-winning song "Jesus Walks". In 2014, he co-wrote the song "Glory" alongside Common and John Legend for the film Selma, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and Academy Award for Best Original Song.  Smith's debut studio album, Blue Collar, was released in 2006. His second studio album, El Che, was released in 2010.

In 2010, Smith announced his candidacy for Chicago's 20th ward alderman. He placed second in the April 2011 runoff election, getting 45.4% of the vote. Smith is heavily involved as a activist in Chicago, and aims to enhance awareness about gun violence in the city.

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