Spike Lee Fires Back at Chance the Rapper over 'Chi-Raq' Criticisms

Spike Lee Fires Back at Chance the Rapper over 'Chi-Raq' Criticisms
Last week, Chicago rhymer Chance the Rapper sent out some critical tweets directed towards Spike Lee regarding the filmmaker's new movie Chi-Raq. Chance argued that the Brooklyn-bred Lee had no right to portray Chicago's gang culture, but now the filmmaker has fired back with some criticisms of his own.

According to Lee, Chance has a conflict of interest, and his critiques were inspired by his family's political affiliations. The director told MSNBC [via the 405], "First of all, Chance the Rapper should say full disclosure: his father works for the mayor [Rahm Emanuel]. He's the chief of staff, whatever the title is. His father is the chief of staff. Show me any criticism, if you're so concerned about Chicago, do your research, show me where he's made a criticism about the mayor. I think your finds will be surprising. He has not criticized the mayor. Why? His father works for the mayor."

Lee continued, "And, on top of that, Jennifer Hudson is in the film. She plays a pivotal role. Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were murdered in Chicago. If what Chance the Rapper's saying is true, then why would Jennifer be in the film?"

Lee has met with Mayor Emanuel, who reportedly didn't oppose the film, but wanted Lee to change the name Chi-Raq. Lee said, "I didn't come up with the title. Local Chicago rappers came up with the title."

Read Chance's tweets about the film below. Scroll past that to watch Lee's interview with MSNBC.