December 27, 2005 |
"People ask me, 'Are you a gangsta? A pimp? A don?' " says Rhymefest, the new Midwestern rapper whose work with Kanye West has caught the pop world's ear. " 'How are we gonna market you?' " It's only natural that people want to define this MC whose debut album will be released in March: He co-wrote West's Grammy-winning song, the anthemic "Jesus Walks." 'Fest, as he calls himself, laughs at the notion that everyone in the image-conscious rap world has to have a gimmick.