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The Chicago, IL-based Rhymefest (born Che Smith) first gained nationwide attention because the co-songwriter of Kanye West’s Grammy-winning “Jesus Strolls.” His association with Western actually returned many years prior; the MC’s individually released Uncooked Dawg, released in 2001, was created entirely by way of a pre-fame Western. Later authorized to Tag Ronson’s J-distributed Allido label, Rhymefest come up with Blue Collar for any March 2006 launch date. Its 1st single, “COMPLETELY NEW,” also presented production function from Western, in addition to extensive the help of No I.D. (Common, G-Unit). Almost four years later on, after inking a fresh cope with the dN|Become label, Rhymefest released his EMI-distributed follow-up, Un Che. The recording featured guest efforts from Phonte, Darien Brockington, and Saigon.

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