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Rhymefest's Run

For 20th Ward alderman. Let's take a look.

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1. Campaign video.

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2. Rhymefest on Sound Opinions, July 2006.

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3. "Rhymefest (born Che Smith 32 years ago in Chicago) was already something of a star before he made an album," Greg Kot wrote in the Tribune in a June review of El Che.

"He bested Eminem in a national battle-rhyme competition in 1997, co-wrote Kanye West's Grammy-winning 2004 hit 'Jesus Walks' and was signed by U.K. producer Mark Ronson to a major-label deal. When Rhymefest's 2006 full-length debut, Blue Collar, appeared on Clive Davis' J label, West-like stardom seemed within reach.

"But Blue Collar stiffed commercially, in part because it couldn't be easily pigeonholed. It presented Rhymefest as astute social critic, style-hopping visionary and street hustler, topped by a self-deprecating sense of humor."

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4. No message could have been any clearer.

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5. I see what shorties need.

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6. On The Interview Show with Mark Bazer.

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7. "Rhymefest for Mayor: He's got a brand-new album and a lot of tough questions for the Daley Machine."

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8. Bullet.

Straight outta high school he didn't know what to do
Wanted to go to college but no money was nothin' new
Wanted to get away go see the world and do somethin' new
He got approached in the mall by the army recruit
Told him "If you wanna go to school we got money too,
Sign up at eighteen you be you when you twenty-two"
He joined the army airborne got his uniform went to bootcamp got some
discipline Iraq is where they shipped him
He's in the mission where bullets flyin' and missin' him
Wishin' he was a kid again with his family in Michigan
In the midst of fightin' militiamen, one round took down six of them
He ain't really a killa though, takin' a lotta risks
This is what a poor person do for a scholarship
He turned around and got a face full of hollow-tips
But don't be mad, he died for the flag

Now what you've done here, is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won't be long before, you're pullin' yourself away
What you've done here, is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won't be long before, you're pullin' yourself away

Papa was a playa, knew just what to say ta'
Get the women back to his lair, and lay her
If sex had a trophy he's the Heisman touchdown
Hittin' models and B-chicks in Buzztown
He got the women with crazy stares with his lady there
Thay ain't care they like "Ooh look at his baby hair"
He took 'em all put 'em in a line hit five new chickens
He though they was fine
Got head from five dopefiends smokin' a dime
And did it all raw dog, and dog I ain't lyin'
Til' he woke up one season with lesions
He went to the doctor asked him what was the reason
The test read positive he couldn't believe it
He tried to blame God askin' why did he leave him
Pleadin' please let the disease leave him
From women that he conquered, he caught the monster

Now what you've done here, is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won't be long before, you're pullin' yourself away
What you've done here, is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won't be long before, you're pullin' yourself away

Now when the sun goes down, north side of town
On the other side of the block, when cops ain't around
On the same side of the street that 'Pac hit the ground
Not in Vegas, cause every nigga got 'Pac in him now
When my guys hit the block, and we provin' we thugs
I ain't on no swim team but you see pools of blood
Skip Judy when you die, she ain't whose the judge
If you married to game then prove your love
Here's a strap shorty, shoot it do it then do it
This ain't a game this a organized movement
My hurt, my love, my pain, my stress
My strife, my wife, my life, my test
We made for more, we die for less
When you starvin' in the ghetto I'ma right the rest
See my girl think I'm hard, and my Momma think I'm hard
But when I'm all up in the dark I just fall on my knees

Now what you've done here, is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won't be long before, you're pullin' yourself away
What you've done here, is put yourself between a bullet and a target
And it won't be long before, you're pullin' yourself away

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