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.

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