Fri 7 Mar 2014
Even though Chicago’s murder rate dropped in 2013, there’s been much said, written and filmed about the city’s staggering gang violence and the rap music spawning from these troubled neighborhoods. Today Noisey debut the first of their eight-part documentary, Welcome to Chiraq.
Naturally, the film begins by spotlighting the rise of Chief Keef (who was unavailable at the time due to legal trouble) before focusing on Young Chop, Lil Durk and Lil Reese. Sure, there’s a prominent “outsider-looking-in” feel to this documentary, especially compared to WSHH’s recent film, but it offers an extensive look into Chicago’s cultural, social and musical landscape nevertheless.
UPDATED WITH PARTS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 AND 7.