Chicago rapper Rhymefest paints a powerful, complex portrait of fatherhood in the video for “Lost and Found,” from In My Father’s House, a new documentary about the rapper’s reunion with his estranged, homeless dad.
Directed by Konee Rok and shot in Chicago, the video mixes footage from the documentary with images from throughout Rhymefest’s life and career that illustrate the MC’s lyrical tale and musings. “I think honest themes about family and vulnerability are missing from hip-hop and I hope to open up the book to that chapter with this song,” Rhymefest tells Rolling Stone about the video.
Over two potent verses, Rhymefest chronicles his troubled, fatherless youth in gang-ridden Chicago, finding music and direction as a teenager, and, as an adult, mulling the elaborate emotional math of being a dad and reuniting with his own: “See at the 35, I started to add,” Rhymefest spits, “Subtracted the pain, and divided the bad / Multiplied the grind from a fraction I had / And all it take is showing up and being a dad.”
In My Father’s House premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April, and is slated to open in theaters nationwide on Friday, October 9th. A complete list of screenings is available on the film’s website.
Directed by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg (Joan Rivers: Piece of Work), the film paints a portrait of one of hip-hop’s unique figures — Rhymefest co-wrote Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” and “Glory,” the Oscar-winning theme from Selma — but also delves heavily into the flip side of success and many challenges homeless adults face trying to acclimate to society.