Rap Star 'Impressed' By Politician
LATEST: Chicago rapper RHYMEFEST was "impressed" by British Conservative Party leader DAVID CAMERON after meeting him in London's House Of Commons for a head-to-head yesterday (19OCT06). The hip-hop star, who won a Grammy Award in 2005 for co-writing KANYE WEST's hit single JESUS WALKS, wrote an open letter to Cameron in August (06) requesting a meeting after the politician suggested rap "encourages people to carry guns and knives." But although Rhymefest - real name CHE SMITH - initially believed his challenge would be ignored - he was pleasantly surprised by Cameron's response. He says of the meeting, "(Cameron) seemed to have a genuine concern. I was impressed that he even bought me to his office for a discussion. "Whether you say that it was for the publicity or not, that's more than a lot of other politicians are doing. "We talked about the future of responsible music and what can be done. He talked about UK record companies implementing change, and schools too. "(Cameron) said that actions speak louder than words. So we'll wait and see what he does."