Rhymefest Is Running For Alderman
Smith said his vision for the ward includes an engaged community in which small business owners would be able to expand, youth would find productive ways to fill their time and elders would be sought out for their wisdom.
“The wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented,” Smith said. “It just has to be reinstated.”
For too long, the community has struggled, he said.
“Our businesses don’t need to just survive,” he said. “They need to thrive.”
Smith said he will use hip hop as a tool and call on the likes of Kanye West and Common to support his message — even if it means asking then to open up businesses in the neighborhood.
“It shouldn’t be hard here to help people,” said Smith, who won a Grammy for co-writing West’s “Jesus Walks.”
Smith’s announcement was preceded a few days ago by a YouTube video that hinted of his run. On Thursday, Smith was surrounded by community residents and his family, including his grandmother and 12-year-old son, Solomon, and 2-year-old daughter, Amirah.
“We are the 20th Ward,” Smith said.