El Che The Man

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fest logoToday I would like to announce to the world that all conscious rappers are not made alike. Because Kanye may dress, act, or rap a certain way—doesn’t mean Common adheres to those same interests. Because Talib Kweli talks about his duty to his family life doesn’t mean he can’t have as good a time in the club as Gucci Mane. Today before we drop my mixtape and album, I would like to formally tell you who El Che formerly known as Rhymefest is as an artist and a person.

1- Although I am articulate in many respects, I also understand that some people in this world don’t respect the power of words, and at that point other actions may be necessary. If attacked, I do believe in fighting back. An eye for an eye.

2 – While I respect all religions, and grew up Christian, I converted to Islam at 15. However, I can be honest in saying I struggle daily with practicing the tenets of my faith. (“Fortune and discipline are the only things that can avoid catastrophe, but discipline is the only thing that you can never run out of.” – Nick Fury) I strive to be disciplined in the eyes of my creator.

My view of failure is that it should be embraced in order to strengthen my successes. I welcome life’s challenges, and accept the good with the bad. I am a high school dropout who never expected to be where I am today. To have a Grammy, be able to support my family, travel the world, and sell at least 100,000 records is considered extremely successful for a young man from a not so good side of town in Chicago, IL.
Revolution to me means definitive change with something that you’re passionate about. I’m passionate about the minds and spirits of young people. I’ll still kick it with shorties on the block, and lend my time to grassroot community centers. I have recently traveled and spoken to youth in eastern Jerusalem (Palestinian territory), Australia, and even assisted in forming urban policies with heads of state in Great Britain. I will be speaking to the youth at the Nation of Islam’s Savior’s Day convention at the end of this month, as well as having breakfast with Minister Farrakhan. You all are invited to come.
Because I know firsthand the issues that plague our communities, my music tends to reflect this consciousness. Although at times it may seem like I’m just as fucked up as some of the negative things I describe, it’s because in some ways I am. I strive to be more disciplined.

Personally, I know that I’m underrated. I know that many fans were cheated out of being able to experience Blue Collar and The Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson Dedication Mixtape, because some people in the hiphop media don’t view me as marketable as those who douse champagne on their homeboys. But this year—we will not be ignored. El Che is a movement. You can choose not to run it in your magazine, or not to play it on your TV station, but you will not be able to ignore the fact that it exists, as you will be asked about it. This month, I will release El Che: The Manual, the prelude to the forthcoming June 2009 release of El Che. Tomorrow I will release a full tracklisting of El Che: The Manual. For now, take this as a gift Exodus 5:1 (El Che: The Manual).

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Filed in: Commentary • Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

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bro are you working with chairman fred jr in chhgo,il and the p.o.c.c

dare to dare to win / uhuru free em all power to the people check out http://www.s.f bay view.com

correction brotha chairman fred of the bpp said got damn it if you dont dare to struggle then damn it you dont deserve to win on august 30 2009 the 40 anniversary of assanation of ch;fred and defense captain mark clark at 1pm afternoon on chicagos westside on monroe and western free em all

 

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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.