Ben Austen

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Rhymefest

How Grammy Winner Rhymefest Sacrificed Fame to Help Chicago Kids

Che Smith, the Chicago rapper known as Rhymefest, lay awake one night late in August. His doubts were multiplying, worries about money and career colonizing his every thought. He had won a Grammy writing raps with Kanye West and an Oscar co-writing “Glory,” the song from Selma, with Common and John Legend.
Rhymefest

How Grammy Winner Rhymefest Sacrificed Fame to Help Chicago Kids

Che Smith, the Chicago rapper known as Rhymefest, lay awake one night late in August. His doubts were multiplying, worries about money and career colonizing his every thought. He had won a Grammy writing raps with Kanye West and an Oscar co-writing “Glory,” the song from Selma, with Common and John Legend.
Chance The Rapper performs in Los Angeles

How Chance the Rapper Turned Down Leading Labels, Then Teamed With Apple Music

For Chance the Rapper, the journey from releasing his debut mixtape, 10 Day, to appearing on the cover of Billboard's New Pioneers issue as one of the music industry's most fearless and innovative disrupters took just over four years. Here’s the story, reported by Ben Austen, of how Chance and his manager, 26-year-old Pat Corcoran, began that process in a Chicago area Hooters back in April 2012, just as 10 Day dropped.

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