Chi-Raq | Chicago Reader


Rated R 127 minutes 2015

Spike Lee never had a chance. That's been clear since April, when the bile burst forth in response to the title of his new movie: Chi-Raq. A portmanteau of "Chicago" and "Iraq," the term unfavorably compares shooting deaths in this city with those of Americans serving in Iraq. It originated with drill, a menacing, nihilistic, and violent hip-hop sound that rocketed from Chicago's south side to rap's hilltop a few years ago. In 2014 Noisey, a music site created by Vice, the alternative media empire valued in the low billions, launched a dreadful eight-part Web documentary on Chicago hip-hop and gun violence called Chiraq. Continue reading >>

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Director: Spike Lee

Producer: Spike Lee, Jon Kilik and Kevin Willmott

Cast: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Steve Harris, Harry Lennix, D.B. Sweeney, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel Jackson and David Kelly

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