Chicago rap veteran Rhymefest recently talked about his close-knit relationship with longtime pal Kanye West and killed the notion he should make endless contributions to what goes down in their hometown. #GetItRight


In Fest's perspective, too much emphasis on what celebrities like Yeezy have done for their former neighborhoods has sparked misconceptions.

"Let's get it right, Kanye didn't become a rapper to buy all the houses in Englewood. You have to look to someone like Asiaha Butler from R.A.G.E. who works in Englewood every day. We have to put our power behind the people who are right next to us. When we talk about Donda's House, I give Kanye's mother the credit. She was the one at Chicago State, dean of the English department, taking in all these boys into her house and educating us. We didn't have moms. My mom had me at 15. We grew up together. The first responsible woman I ever met was Kanye's mother but who talks about her? We talk about Kanye but we don't talk about the tree. We just talk about the fruit." (Chicagoist)

Rhyme also spoke on how often he keeps in touch with Mr. West.

"We talk once a week. I was a nominated for a Grammy this year for co-writing "New Slaves." We still work together, I just believe that we all know how Kanye is. Do you really want Kanye to come and say something that you don't agree with and create all kinds of other attention? I believe that one of the reasons I'm not in Hawaii right now helping Kanye with his new album or wherever he is, is that there's work on the ground that I need to physically do and help to oversee. Celebrities have to be famous. They have to go and be famous, so what Kanye is doing is what celebrities can do: help deliver us the resources to help our efforts on the ground." (Chicagoist)

Back in April, reports about Chicago rap veteran Common's foundation linking up with Ye's DONDA House to create over 20,000 jobs for the youth emerged.

After a studied revealed that 92% of black teens in Chicago are unemployed, Common hopes that these jobs will provide black youth with enough opportunity to detour them from a life of crime. "Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they're going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, 'Man, what do y'all really need? What's gonna stop this?' And they were like, 'We need money. Man, if we could work.' They want a chance," said rapper Common. (Poppin Lines)

Last summer, Kanye launched his non-profit organization in his late mother's honor.

The Yeezus star recently announced the opening of his non-profit organization Donda's House, which he created in memory of his late mother Dr. Donda West. The charity is geared toward Chi-town teens with the focus of "implementing arts and literature experiences that transform youth." "My mom spent her life as an educator and I am happy that Donda's House can pick up her torch and honor her life's mission," the rapper said in a press release. (Chicago Defender)