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XXLMag.com: As an artist, what can you say is the difference lyrically between El Che and your last album Blue Collar?

Rhymefest: I think this album is a lot harder than Blue Collar, because as an artist I feel that I am deeper that the practical joker that I was made out to be on the previous label. I felt like they were trying to stick me in a box to where I couldn’t explore and show fans my conscious and lyrical side, which is wild because that’s who I am. One thing I know about the joker is that he is never looked at as the one who is taking the company to the next level and I definitely want to show people that I am more than the funny guy; so this album is way more of me than before.


XXLMag.com: Since you’re worldly, let’s step outside of the realm of music for a second. What’s your take on the way things are turning out with President Obama?

Rhymefest: Man, that’s a hard one. I think that President Obama has to be criticized, he has to be empathized with, protested against and he has to be voted for again, because we are his constituents and he owes us; but he only owes us what is on our agenda. Just like you have gays and lesbians fighting for equal rights and “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” we as African Americans need to present our own agenda; because bottom line if we don’t have an agenda, he ain’t moving. I think with electing Obama, we now have a uniform in the game; but we haven’t won the game, in fact we haven’t even started playing the game yet.

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You’ve spoken before about a lack of respect in hip hop among the new rappers. How do you feel about the future of hip hop?
Hip hop is dead. Hip hop does not exist in the form of how it was originally defined. When we say “hip hop,” and we’re thinking break dancing, DJing, MCing, that doesn’t exist anymore. The new thing that comes out of the death of hip hop is what we have in Soulja Boy and what we have in Drake. You know? The singing and the rapping all mixed together. So, I would say disco is dead. It is dead, but you can pull out a Donna Summers record, like I can pull out a Rakim record. Then out of disco comes what, bass, electro, stuff like that? And out of hip hop comes what? We have to define that, but as far as hip hop in itself, it is dead. It does not exist…

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By BigRobEwald on May 6th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Hip hop ain’t dead, jay-z, nas, trick daddy, kanye, cee-lo, scarface, krs-0ne, game, cool n dre, dj premier, talib, common, mos, ANd a whole bunch of others including myself ain’t dead so that means hip hop ain’t dead. Since all of us is still living then so is Hip Hop!!!!…….Rhymefest is very much alive…. NAh mean…

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Che Smith is a revolutionary artist, writer, and activist. Popularly known as Rhymefest, the South Side Chicago native has been a trailblazer in music, television, and politics.