Chicago has had its share of Aldermen with colorful names- Bathhouse John, Hinky Dink, Johnny De Pow, Fast Eddie, Lock em up Jones, Parky Cullerton, Catfish Wallace, Paddy Bauler, and others.
A new guy has thrown his hat into the ring- Rhymefest. Now, it is about time we had an Alderman named Rhymefest. Rymefest is a rapper and hip hop artist who is running for alderman of the 20th Ward. His full name is Che “Rymefest” Smith. Come to think of it, maybe it is time we had an alderman named Che too.
|Che “Rymefest” Smith wants to run for alderman of the 20th Ward.|
Rymefest is also a Grammy Award winner. Another first for the city council. Better than the Nobel Peace Prize. Actually, no alderman has ever won any awards- except for maybe Federal Prisoner of the Month.
Rymefest describes himself as a raptivist- a rapper and activist. He is pals with Chicago hip hop artiste Kayne West- the man who embarrasses himself every time he is on TV. Mr. West is going to use his star power to assist Mr. Rymefest.
This will be one rapping campaign. Rymefest and West will be hip hopping through the ward preaching the thug life, rapping for votes. Gansta all the way. The campaign speeches should be a hoot. A regular rhyme fest. A regular poetry slam.
Rymefest states he is going to be a tool to reinvigorate and reengage. He claims he will promote the radical politics that reflect the desires of the ward. He speaks the language his opponent does not. Must be Gansta Rap-ebonics. Yep, just what we need in the city council. Just think of his wardrobe too. He will bring a new sartorial splendor to the drab designer suited council.
Rhymefest is running against Willie Cochran, a mild mannered laundromat owner and former police officer. Mr. Cochran worked as a police officer in the housing projects. He is a first term alderman who took over from Arena Troutman, who was convicted of corruption. Poor guy. Its not his fault his sainted mother did not give him a colorful moniker.
Sorry Willie. But it is time we had a colorful alderman in the council to liven things up. We need Rymefest. Rymefest has, I don’t know, a certain je ne sais quoi. Willie Cochran is just to common a name. Drab. Plain. Now, Rymefest is a name truly worthy of an alderman.
It will also look good under his mug shot.