In the early days, hip-hop didn’t have a separate underground scene; the entire genre was outsider by default. But when a true rap underground finally coalesced in New York in the late 1980s and early ’90s, it was at an unexpected place: Columbia University.
One of hip-hop's top songwriters, Rhymefest helped pen tracks like Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" and John Legend and Common's Oscar-winning "Glory." But his most compelling work yet isn't a rap verse - it's a documentary, In My Father's House. The film, which hit select theaters on Oct. 9, follows the 39-year-old Chicagoan as he tries to save his estranged father from alcoholism and homelessness.