01/15/2013 01:16 pm ET

After 24 Years Apart, Rapper Rhymefest Finds His Dad In Homeless Shelter

Story by Wendell Hutson, courtesy Chicago:

CHATHAM — The last time Che "Rhymefest" Smith saw his dad, the Grammy-winning rapper was 11 years old.

But in an emotional meeting last week, the now 35-year-old entertainer met up with his father at the West Side homeless shelter where his dad had been living.

"It was not until I hugged him that I realized how much I missed having a dad around," Smith said in an interview Monday.

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