Despite a valiant run, previous and current Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran beat out hometown rapper Rhymefest for the seat in the 20th Ward on the city's South Side.
Surprisingly, Fest (real name: Che Smith) had a lot of support, and lost by a narrow margin.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Cochran took 54.6 percent of the vote over Fest's 45.4 percent, quite a feat for a rapper with no previous political background.
"It's not about me winning or losing, it's about hope," the rapper said at his election night party, adding that he felt a lot of energy at the polls.
"Eleven and 12-year-old children ask me 'can you stop the gang banging?' I say 'you have to help too.' "
His party has hip-hop blasting from large speakers, while a small group of "mostly young people followed his mist green Cadillac," reports the paper, while Rhymefest held his grandmother on one arm and his wife on the other.