News: UPDATE: Rhymefest's Chi-Town Political Run Confirmed
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 11:50AM
Chicago rapper Rhymefest's leap into the political realm has reportedly been confirmed as the G.O.O.D. Music associate will look to run for an office seat in his hometown next month.
According to reports, Fest will aim to become Chicago's newly elected alderman.
Sources have confirmed to AllHipHop.com that rap star Rhymefest is planning a run for office in the November General Election in Chicago. Rhymefest is planning a run for Alderman for the South Side of Chicago's 20th Ward. The Grammy Award winning rapper will be running against Alderman Willie Cochran, who is seeking to be reelected. "Its already starting! I talk about helping my community and the villains are attacking my character and family! I won't stop!" Rhymefest tweeted in regards to the pending announcement of his candidacy. "The 20th Ward in Chicago needs help, shorties are out here selling dope to pay the family bills. Grandmothers are raising their children's children, people are un-employed and under employed & leadership is absent!" (All Hip Hop)
In late September, Fest gave SOHH the inside scoop about his aim to run for political office.
Chicago rapper and G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Rhymefest will put down the microphone and try his hand at politics this year in his hometown. Fest informed SOHH that a formal announcement would be made around October 15th, revealing what political office seat he is pursuing in the Windy City. The announcement will be given out to various media outlets, however, he also said an SOHH Exclusive statement could be made days prior to the news. (SOHH)
After announcing a run for Haiti presidency last summer, rapper Wyclef Jean recently withdrew from the race.
"After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti," Jean said in a statement. "This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will best advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path to recovery." (Statement)
Outside of politics, Fest previously talked with SOHH about the state of Chi-town hip-hop.
"Chicago, we used to look at ourselves as I think as an individual. Like, "Man, this individual made it, this individual got power." Like, it's so organized, the gang culture that even the people that ain't in gangs like even the individual people think like mob bosses. Like, "This is my family right here." And then others are like "Well this is my family." And hip-hop, it's a slow death to everybody." (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out some recent Rhymefest footage down below: