Update: Rhymefest turned his horrible experience dealing with police over the weekend after being robbed and turned it into something constructive. His new track “#copsNrobbers” which features John the Author kicks off with his dialogue with the unhelpful CPD . The Chicago rapper goes onto to spit about what he’s supposed to do after being robbed.
“Cop looking at me not giving a fuck, stuffing cookies in her mouth playing Candy Crush / Lost my respect and the public’s trust / Why I really don’t talk to police that much”
Listen to Rhymefest’s thoughts on Chicago and the police on “#copsNrobbers” below:
Chicago rapper and activist Rhymefest, real name Che Smith, Tweeted that he was robbed at gunpoint in his hometown at approximately 7:30 am Saturday morning.
“To the young brother that put the gun to my head this morning & took my wallet. You don’t know how you just damaged your community,” he began. “It’s 730am. you just put a gun in my face for $3 in my wallet. I defend you against police brutality, I work on your behalf. You robbed me. Until our communities have restorative Justice set up, you better make friends with a police officer. You don’t know what you did! And who you did it to. I lived here on the Southside because I thought it mattered. I’m reconsidering.”
Rhymefest is a noted MC and writer who recently won an Academy Award for co-writing Common and John Legend’s “Glory.” But he has also been active as a philanthropist and politician, running for 20th ward alderman in 2010 and works extensively with Kanye West’s youth organization Donda’s House, helping Chicago youth build tangible skills and access to the arts.
“Many of our youth are lacking healthy family structures as well as productive activities,” he said in an interview with Allhiphop.com last year. “Donda’s House provides a family-oriented environment that is attractive to those with creative interests. When young people are given opportunity based on their preferences, we’ve found that they take full advantage. Rather than demonizing our youth, we should be demonizing the fact that 51 public schools were shut down, and most of them lack art and extracurricular activities.”
And that is why Smith was more emotionally damaged by the mugging than he may have been physically.
“You were gonna shoot me in the face for a wallet, I had the power to give you a job!” he wrote. “I’m not even mad, I’m fuckin’ hurt. When you look in my Wallet & see the name Che Smith on the ID. DM me, yes contact me apologize and talk to me like a brother.”
Rhymefest then went to the closest police station to report the crime, but was met with some resistance to him filming the appearance.
“I can’t make a report of me being robbed?” he asked when he was told to leave. After some back and forth he gave details of the incident from the morning. “I don’t expect that you all are going to find the person, but I do want to report that I’ve been robbed.”
This incident came hours after NBA player Dwyane Wade revealed that his cousin Nykea Aldridge was killed after being caught in crossfire in Chicago.
“My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough,” he wrote. “The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH! These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough“
Wade is a native of Chicago who just recently left the Miami Heat after thirteen seasons to play with the Chicago Bulls.
DNA info reports that 466 people have been murdered in Chicago in 2016, 415 by gun. By comparison, 493 murders were committed in all of 2015 and 427 in all of 2014.