Spike Lee appeared on MSNBC to address criticism regarding his Chi-Raq film. He is specifically asked about Chance the Rapper‘s comments. Among the Chicago rapper’s Chi-Raq criticism were, “You don’t live here, you’ve never watched someone die here.”
“Chance the Rapper should say, full disclosure, his father works for the mayor,” Lee says.
Chance the Rapper’s father, Ken Bennett, is Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s deputy chief of staff. Emanuel has been criticized by many, including Chief Keef, for his actions in office.
“If he’s so concerned about Chicago, do your research, show me where he’s made a criticism about the mayor,” Lee says of Chance the Rapper. “I think your findings will be surprising. He has not criticized the mayor. Why? His father works for the mayor.”
Lee says that Chance’s statement about not using Chicago talent in Chi-Raq is not true because he enlisted Chicago actress Jennifer Hudson for the film.
“She plays a pivotal role,” the director says. “Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were murdered in Chicago. Why would she be part of a film, if what Chance the Rapper’s saying is true? Why would Jennifer Hudson be in the film?”