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The 3-part BET documentary takes an in-depth look a what goes behind Chicago’s culture and hip-hop scene. BET puts a spotlight on the history of dangerous activity (as many news outlets have deemed the city a warzone) and sits down with some Chicago artists to discuss growing up and making music in the dangerous city. Part 1 has L.E.P. Bogus Boys, Sasha Go Hard, and King L (among others) give their personal accounts of what’s going on in the windy city and try to clear up some of the misconceptions regarding hip-hop’s violent subject matter. Part 2 has community leaders looking at problems and suggesting solutions and Part 3 shows the city’s youth giving some hope for the future. Some have felt that the doc provides a narrow or one-sided (dare we say sensationalist?) view of Chicago and its music scene but for those of us on the outside looking in, things do seem pretty crisis-mode in Chi-town lately. Watch and judge for yourself below.

Comments

  • eazy

    I agree that the whole “this is all they know!” excuse is sort of a poor one. Does seem pretty sensationalized, especially with that dramatic music playing the whole time. Glad they focused on Rhymefest’s youth group at the end to show some diverse talent from young people that aren’t promoting street violence, etc. Anyway, Chicago doesn’t have to be Chi-raq. that is up to us to decide.

  • RICHARD HOBBS

    I DON’T WATCH BET, ANY LONGER,BECAUSE THE MUSIC THEY PLAY IS NOT WHAT I LISTEN TOO, BUT THAT DOCUMENTARY WAS HOT, IF THEY OLAY MORE SHOWS LIKE THAT, I MAY WATCH THE CHANNEL A LITTLE MORE….

  • ChocoMoon

    I am from Chicago grew up in Englewood , South Shore and Hyde Park. All the neighborhoods featured in this film. This was depressing. This epidemic is so much more deeper than they are telling you. ON top of it all, the music playing in background is subconsciously implanting fear, anxiety and hopelessness.

  • ChocoMoon

    Love Part 3 Though !!!!!!! I saw one of my former students singing and rapping.
    GREAT JOB RHYMEFEST !!!!!!

  • Panter

    I keep hearing that the media is always portraying African Americas stereotypical side and none of the positivity which exists. So the way to fight this is to make your own media. Get the real story out there and express who we are as a people and let it be the definition of who we are and what we can accomplish. Many seem to think that just because Barack Obama is president that we have fulfilled the dream of our forefathers. This is beyond the truth as it is only an initial step in the long trek of where we should be socially. First, stop killing each other over an insult and learn that in order to be accepted as an intelligible people we must act in intelligent manners. Stop downplaying each others dreams and hopes and learn to ask how we can make it happen. Stop worrying about what one person has that you wish to get and go get it. Clean up the environment that you have been forced to exist in and make it so people will want to come see it. Have the pride and courage to advance yourself and those around you, regardless of what people want to channnel you to.
    Have the courage and commitment to stand and not just accept what is put before you by design. LOVE EACH OTHER

  • Panter

    This documentary is full of great hope and full of “the conversation” it is sad that its been up for 4 days and myself and four others have commented on it.