The conversation of violence in Chicago has become something that really sparked the musical revolution that has taken place in the city, and spawned amazing contributions to the culture from the Windy Cities rising stars such as Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Lil Durk.
Spike Lee’s "Chi-Raq" has started a healthy debate about the misappropriation of culture and the issue of violence in America. The film has been getting same backlash from Chance The Rapper who stated that Spike did not contribute to helping with the issue, and he was exploiting the current situation. Take a look at the rappers sentiment’s below:
Let me be the one from Chicago to personally tell you we not supporting this film out here— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) December 4, 2015
That shit get ZERO love out here. Shit is goofy and it's a bunch of ppl from NOT around here telling u to support that shit— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) December 4, 2015
The people that made that shit didn't do so to "Save Lives". It's exploitive and problematic— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) December 4, 2015
Also the idea that women abstaining from sex would stop murders is offensive and a slap in the face to any mother that lost a child here— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) December 4, 2015
You don't do any work with the children of Chicago, You don't live here, you've never watched someone die here. Don't tell me to be calm— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) December 4, 2015
REVOLT had the opportunity to get some perspective from Lil Durk on the situation: “If you use the name "Chi-Raq" you have to show why it’s "Chi-Raq", I just want people to see what we go through day to day. I wish I could have sat with him. “ The Chicago rapper also spoke on this new project 300 Days 300 Nights, which is all about what is going right now in Chicago.