FOX 32's Jake Hamilton talks Chicago with Rhymefest at his Chatham home

FOX 32 NEWS - There aren't a lot of houses in Chicago that hold an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

But on a quiet street in Chatam, there is one.

However, the man who won them - he's not distracted by their hype - it's all about what good they can do for his community.

"Awards are inanimate objects. A lot of people get awards and are forgotten about,” Rhymefest said. "You know that you've made it when you come back to the community that raised you and they accept you and they're proud of you."

Che Smith - also known by his alias "Rhymefest" - won a Grammy in 2005 for writing Kanye West's "Jesus Walks.”

He also won an Oscar in 2015 for writing "Glory," from the film Selma.

But for the born and raised Chicagoan, there's no better place to be an artist than right here at home.

"This is the consciousness of music for the world. This is a blue collar town built on top of communities,” Rhymefest said. "Chicago is from a group up type of place, right? And we come from hundreds of years of history and work and pride."

But that pride took a hit last month when Rhymefest made national headlines for calling out the Chicago Police Department after they failed to immediately respond to his armed robbery report.

However, Smith says he's taking the experience and doing something about it.

"We are trying to do a city-wide therapy session because what I realize is that a lot of Chicagoans are traumatized. And it didn't just come with Rahm Emanuel or Mayor Daley. This goes way back. This goes way back. There’s never been any reconciliation or healing for the trauma of just being a Chicagoan period,” Rhymefest said.

And for now there's been no reconciliation with longtime collaborator Kanye West, who he tweeted out "needs help, in the form of counseling."

"I don't really talk to Kanye so I don't really talk about him anymore. My thing is - I’m here, I’m in Chicago, I’m in the community. I think sometimes people take different paths,” Rhymefest said.

And that path is taking him directly to "Ah Fest 2016."

The two-day festival features Smith, Common and Ice Cube - as well as opportunities for attendees to better their neighborhoods.

Like Smith himself, it's about more than music - it's about what the music gives you the opportunity to do.

"When you see Common coming back doing this, when you see Rhymefest coming back saying 'hey Common, let's add a community component to it"…that's the Chicago way,” Rhymefest said.

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