During a sit down with AllHipHop, Chicago rapper Rhymefest offered his thoughts on Spike Lee’s soon to be released film, Chi-Raq, a controversial play on words combining Chicago and Iraq which judging by the title and Lee’s recent interviews – will shed light on Chicago’s drastically high crime rate and issues of gun violence.
According to Rhymefest, the only member of the community Lee met with for approval of the content was a white priest. He also spoke about Lee exploiting poor people with the film and compared Chi-Raq to someone making a satire about the Holocaust as it was happening.
“The process that Spike Lee used to come into Chicago and exploit poor people—And I’ll go through a little bit of the process,” Rhymefest said.
“Coming in, going to a white priest. And that’s the only community member that you go to to justify you making a film. When there are a lot of different community people that if you’re gonna make a film like this, about this, that you should speak to. I think it was kinda like in the middle of the Holocaust saying ‘I’mma make a satire about the Holocaust while it’s happening.’ We’re in a crisis in Chicago. You can’t satirize the crisis while it’s happening…You don’t have no Chicago writers on this film. So, the voice of it is not even authentic to the city.”
Rhymefest also criticized Russell Simmons, who he says also exploited black people, over the recent Rush Card failure.
Chi-Raq hits theaters December 4th 2015. Will you be watching?
Peep the Rhymefest’s AllHipHop interview below: