Rhymefest Closing in on Chicago Seat
(AP) — The award-winning rapper who wants to be a Chicago alderman looked down the block and counted up the boarded houses in this slice of the city’s South Side. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. “How can you walk here and not feel something in your heart? We’re living in an urban ghost town,” Che “Rhymefest” Smith told The Associated Press during a van tour of the ward where he lives. “I see two things. The first is neglect. The second is opportunity.”
In a landmark year for Chicago politics, the winner of a 2004 Grammy is running an unorthodox campaign for City Council. His street-wise lyrics have given him a youthful following, in Chicago and beyond, but it’s more than his fame that gives him a shot at winning. In a field of five candidates, he’s picked up support from the powerful Chicago Teachers Union and several political experts say a victory Tuesday or making an April runoff vote are quite possible.