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Rhymefest Reunites With Father After 24 Years

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 15, 2013 3:05PM

Che "Rhymefest" Smith and his father, Brian Tillman. (Photos via Rhymefest's Twitter feed.)

Here's a heartwarming story to start your day. Rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith recently reconnected with his father, who he hadn't seen in 24 years.

Smith found Brian Tillman in a homeless shelter on the West side last week. He last saw his father when he was 11 years old. The road that led to the reunion began when Smith bought his father's childhood home his uncle last July. Smith's wife encouraged him to look for his dad and a friend of the family told him about the shelter where his dad was staying.

Tillman told DNAInfo Chicago he "cried his eyes out" when he reunited with his son. "I had been telling people my son was a famous rapper but nobody believed me."

Tillman is currently undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction and reconnecting with his family. Smith said he'll continue to help his father "as long as he continues to try and help himself."