- Published on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 11:28
With no fanfare, WVON-AM premiered a new talk show on Monday night, hosted by the Grammy Award-winning Che "Rhymefest" Smith. The new show will now air each Monday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Che "Rhymefest" Smith is an internationally known Hip-Hop artist from the south side of Chicago. In addition to his own rap albums, the most recent of which came out in July 2010, he is known for his collaborations with fellow-Chicagoan Kanye West. One of the songs Smith co-wrote with West, "Jesus Walks," won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song at the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005, and is included in the list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" from Rolling Stone Magazine.
Last year, Smith helped Kanye West launch Donda's House, Inc., named after Kanye West's mother Dr. Donda West. The organization seeks to improve the lives of youths through the arts.
A new album and book for Rhymefest, both tentatively named "Violence is Sexy," are expected to be released later this year.
Unafraid of politics, Rhymefest was the first rapper to ever meet with England's Conservative Party. He sat down with David Cameron to help convince the Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition to no longer be hateful and afraid of Hip Hop. Rhymefest also was a big proponent of H.R. 848, the Performance Rights Act, and traveled with Democratic US Representatives Sheila Jackson-Lee, John Conyers, and Hank Johnson, speaking up for it.
This led to his own political run. In October, 2010, Che Smith announced his candidacy for Chicago's 20th Ward Alderman. He placed a very close second in the February 2011 election, but was ultimately defeated by incumbent Willie Cochran in the April 2011 runoff election by only 200 votes.
Che Smith also works as a motivational speaker, mentor, and activist for those in need. Rhymefest continues to be a force for positive social change -- both in his community and globally -- using his art, music, and actions to express his activism.
Smith's has been a frequent guest of radio shows and has experimented with hosting his own radio shows in the past. In September 2011, he even had a try-out show on WGN-AM
, along with co-host Mark Bazer.
He also has been a frequent guest on local news talk programs on stations such as WTTW-TV and CLTV.
Rhymefest has appeared at WVON-AM events in the past, including their annual "Taste of WVON" food and music events. He also spoke fondly of the station in last year's WMAQ-TV documentary "WVON: 50 Years Of Impact
For his new weekly WVON-AM radio show, Smith will give his opinions on current events and the important issues of the day that impact WVON-AM's listeners.