Common & Rhymefest Team With Urban League To Create Thousands Of Youth Jobs

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Today’s Chicago Sun-Times reports that two Hip-Hop stars from the city are collaborating with the Urban League to provide jobs for those in need of employment. The report suggests that currently “92% of young Black males are jobless” in the Windy City (not stating what the age range is). Rapper-turned-poilitician Rhymefest and Common are teaming up to help create thousands of jobs for youth in the city this year, including 1,000 year-round (non-temporary) jobs.

These jobs will include staffing a music festival (artists to be announced), and a partnership with One Summer Chicago, who will reportedly create 22,000 jobs. Kanye West’s charity, Donda’s House (named after Kanye’s late mother), is also tied in. Rhymefest and his wife Donnie work on the charity.


“Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago,” said Common. He continued, “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.”

The jobs will reportedly begin to launch by September.

Common and ‘Fest answered the call. This is all coinciding with Common’s upcoming album that is said to be thematically, about returning Chicago to its glory, and distancing itself from the ongoing epidemic of street violence.

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