Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Acclaimed director reportedly calls Chicago rapper a “straight-up fraud,” and said rapper responds in kind with a few tweets calling the director a liar, among other things. That’s exactly what transpired between Spike Lee and Chance the Rapper when Lee threw a not-so-subliminal shot at the Chicago MC during a screening of Chi-Raq at Northwestern University.
“Chance The Rapper’s a fraud. Straight-up fraud,” the director reportedly said on March 3. “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.”
This all stems from Lee’s controversial film Chi-Raq, which has its supporters and detractors. Chance happens to be a part of the latter group. The two got into a war of words over the movie last year, and now the saga continues as Chance took to the Twitter on Tuesday night to rebut Lee’s comments.
So why did Chance call Lee a liar? No one is entirely sure. The director did say that the rapper hasn’t railed against Chicago’s local government because his dad is the deputy chief of staff for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and that’s true, so that can’t be it. Right now, it’s all hearsay with no real resolution being offered by either side. Lee calls Chance a fraud, then Chance says Spike asked him to be his movie and even has the audio to prove it.
I still haven’t seen the movie, although it’s sitting on my Amazon list just ready for me to possibly hate. Chance isn’t the only one to have issues with Spike, as several students walked out of the showing at Northwestern after a Q&A session didn’t quite give them the answers they were looking for.
Whatever the case may be, Spike and Chance are arguing about a serious issue, but doing it in a petty way.
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