Chicago Rappers Criticize Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” Movie

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The first trailer for the Spike Lee-directed Chi-Raq hit the Internet this week to mixed reactions, especially from the Chicago hip-hop community.

The satire film tackles the city's out-of-control gang violence problems... but artists like Lil Durk, Lil Bibby and Rhymefest ain't feeling it. Several Chicago artists took to social media with their reactions.

"SpikeLee exploited poor people," Rhymefest wrote on Twitter.

"That Chiraq trailer look like a Parody," Lil Bibby tweeted.

When asked for his thoughts on the trailer, Lil Reese said: "No comment."

"That sh*t gotta be a prank," Lil Durk said in a series of tweets, comparing the movie to the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton. "The reason straight outta Compton sold like that cause it was real ....."

"I ain't hear 'Whole Time' 'Fake Decent' 'Goofy' at all in the #chiraqthemovie trailor so I'm confused what city they talm bout," Ric Wilson tweeted, referencing Chicago's local slang. "Tyler Perry watching these mad reviews on #Chiraqthemovies taking notes like it's time for 'Madea Goes To Chicago,' Wilson writes in another post.

Chi-Raq is scheduled for release Dec. 4.

  • George Griffin

    It's totally ironic that these "rappers" never knew the value of an good education...criticizing spike for bringing attention to the more than just the killing of blacks(mostly by blacks_in the city of Chicago as well as across the nation.they made comments like:that chiraq trailer looked like a Parody(Lil Bibby), That sh88 gotta be a prank(Lil Durk),fake Decent Goofy(Ric Wilson)...Do any of these future geniuses even know what satire is???Let me help them out:Satire is a technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness and corruption of an individual or a society by using humor, irony, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing its follies and foibles.Next time they are "tweeting on their $800 cellphones they can take two minutes out of their busy day and "google" a few things!!!!!