Spike Lee Calls Chance The Rapper A “Fraud”; Chance Fires Back
Better times between Spike Lee and Chance The Rapper.
As you might’ve guessed, this is all over the opinions of a film — Spike Lee’s film Chi-Raq to be exact, which has been widely panned by many of Chicago’s Hip-Hop community. Back in December, Chance made it clear that he wasn’t in support of the movie, to which Lee responded by pointing to Chance’s ties to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (of whom Chance’s father, Ken Bennett, is Emanuel’s deputy chief of staff and director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement):
First of all, Chance the Rapper should say, full disclosure, his father works for the mayor. He’s the chief of staff, or whatever the title is. […] Show me any criticism, if you’re so concerned about Chicago. Do your research, show me where he’s made criticisms about the mayor. I think your findings will be surprising. He has not criticised the mayor. Why? His father works for the mayor.
Fast forward to earlier this month, when Spike Lee then said this during a recent Q&A:
Chance the Rapper’s a fraud. Straight-up fraud. He puts himself up as a speaker of the people, but that means you have to put truths that you see. That doesn’t mean you can pick and choose what you talk about.
Whoa. After seeing this, Chance The Rapper then shot back, claiming that Spike Lee begged him to participate in Chi-Raq (among other things):
Come on now This guy promoting this offensive unsuccessful flop of a movie … about the Southside…in fucking Evanston…