Hip-hop is full of characters. Often times that can make a difference between a good rapper and a great rapper. Rhymefest is character. A man who co-wrote “Jesus Walks” and won a Grammy for it, met with the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition, David Cameron of the Conservative Party to discuss violent lyrics in rap and how the positive side of life needs to be portrayed, defeated Eminem in a rap battle at Scribble Jam, and flat out helped Kanye West develop his style of rapping on The College Dropout, is still unknown to most of the world.
He has released two albums, Blue Collar and El Che, and several mixtapes including Man in the Mirror, where every song sampled Michael Jackson. Personally, Blue Collar is one of my favorite albums. I remember when I first listened to it, I couldn’t stop. Songs like “Brand New,” “More,” “Sister,” “All Girls Cheat,” and “Bullet” are amazing. It certainly helps when you have all-star producers in Kanye, Cool & Dre, Just Blaze, and No I.D, but Rhymfest has the lyrical schemes and concepts to paint the picture. Truly an underrated rapper and I hope you go out and listen to his music.
Go here to snag some of his music. Below are a couple songs from Blue Collar. (First two are mediafire, last one is direct)