Video: The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop and Hope in Chicago (Short Documentary)

In 2013, Chicago police recorded 412 homicides in the city. The issue of youth violence against the backdrop of Chicago’s conversely vibrant music hip-hop scene is explored in a new documentary executive produced by WorldStarHipHop and directed by Mandon Lovett. It features interviews with well known Chicago spittas like King Louie, Lil Bibby, Lil Durk, Katie Got Bandz and producer Young Chop. The inspirational documentary focuses on the new generation of Chicago, kids who are growing up without parents.

The artists talk about how through drill music they are trying to escape the violence. Rhymefest, a Chicago native and a Grammy Award-winning rapper created a program teaching the youngsters about the basics of songwriting in hip-hop. The program ‘Got Bars’ is backed by Kanye West himself. It was pretty inspiring when I watched this, so here it is for those who have not seen it yet. “We are dealing with a new generation. These kids are growing up without mamas or daddies,” said Rhymefest. “When your mama is gone and your daddy doesn’t care about you, you know what that makes? A killer.”

 

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