HipHopWired had the opportunity to talk with J.M Harper and Bronx rapper Kemba on their new documentary film, "As We Speak: Rap Music on Trial" which focuses on prosecutors using rap lyrics in criminal cases in the U.S.


Chicago rapper King Yella tried to bring some peace to the streets, but got rewarded with a gunshot wound to the arm.

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As the people of Chicago demand call for mayor Rahm Emanuel’s head on a platter, Spike Lee is fighting his own battle with the critics of his latest film, Chiraq.

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Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq trailer was released a few days ago and it’s safe to say that the negative reactions far outweighed the curious and insightful ones. The city of Chicago’s violence woes is an issue that hasn’t touched citizens of the United States in some form or fashion and juxtaposing or even transfixing the topic […]

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It would be safe to say that Spike Lee’s Chi-raq trailer isn’t what people were expecting. The reviews have been mixed, but Rhymefest thinks Lee “exploited” the people of his home city by making the film into an adaptation of Lysistrata, the Greek play where women withheld sex to end war.

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The plot of Spike Lee‘s forthcoming film Chi-Raq probably isn’t the first thing you expected off the strength of its title. Nevertheless, the movie’s trailer will surely have you interested thanks to engaging dialogue, wild cameos, Black Power feminists and some gunplay. 


With or without Kanye West, Spike Lee’s upcoming movie for Chiraq is proceeding as planned, which has plenty of citizens living in the Windy City up in arms over the title.

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Spike Lee isn’t immune to criticism, but he’d like for people to wait and see his upcoming film,  Chiraq, before casting judgement. Though the movie isn’t even close to being out yet, it has received negative responses from the likes of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmnauelle and other politicians, because of the title and content.

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Spike Lee is an unyielding son of Brooklyn but for his next movie, he’s engrossing himself with all the turmoil Chicago has become infamous for to create a project titled Chiraq.


Sad news out of Chicago. Yesterday (May 31) afternoon, Lil Durk’s cousin, rapper OTF Nunu, was shot and killed while sitting in his SUV.


The street war in Chicago–or “Chiraq”–isn’t limiting its casualties to participants of the gunplay. A 32-year-old activist by the name of Leonore Draper was shot and killed minutes after returning from an anti-violence fundraiser where she was a key figure denouncing the same malice that did her in.

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As highlighted in Moguldum Studios’ Gunland documentary, the gun and gang violence that has gripped the Chicago streets continues to play out as a harrowing tale of despair. Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and top officials have promised to slow the carnage, victims of gun violence continue to mount at high numbers.