Lil Bibby has been hesitant to co-sign Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” film ever since viewing the trailer for the project.
Bibby questioned Spike Lee’s decision to cast Nick Cannon as a gangster during an interview with Ebony Magazine.
“I was thinking, ‘Why does Nick Cannon have his shirt off like he a gangsta?’ (laughs) ‘We know Nick Cannon for funny roles,’” Bibby said. “I don’t know what made him do that. I don’t know who told him that was a good idea.”
Bibby likened the trailer to a parody in a tweet.
“That Chiraq trailer look like a Parody,” he wrote.
Spike Lee defended his decision to cast Nick Cannon during an interview with Sway In The Morning.
“For these rappers in Chicago, ‘Nick Cannon soft. Nick Cannon’s white bread. He’s too clean-cut.’ Here’s a thing that’s really sick. ‘Nick Cannon’s not a savage.’ Is that the new norm for these thugs in Chicago to be a savage? That’s what we’re going to aspire to? To be a savage?” Spike Lee said. “I should not cast Nick Cannon cause he didn’t kill nobody? Cause he don’t got motherf*****g bodies on him? Is that what it’s coming to? I’m not going for that bullsh*t. There’s nothing commendable about being a savage. That’s not who we are. I don’t care. You should not b getting props how many bodies you got. How many people you killed. There’s nothing fly about that sh*t. That sh*t ain’t hip. It’s not cute and it’s not being a man. If you think that’s being a man, how many bodies you got then you have a problem.”
Bibby’s opinion of the film didn’t change after he finally got to see a showing in New York City with some of The Fader’s staff.
“All of us as a collective put [the name “Chiraq”] on the map,” Bibby told The Fader. “We called it Chiraq because everywhere you go there are shootings, killings, stuff like that. I think we need a movie out there, cause every state I’ve been to is nothing like Chicago—I promise you. I just wish I could bring you there. We hang out on the street, on one block with all our homies. We keep just three or four guns just in case anybody ride through, because people want to kill us. It gets kind of crazy where sometimes any car will come, and we’re just pulling them out at the car because so many of my homies have got killed. We’re scared. I just be thinking sometimes like, “Damn, this shit is kind of crazy.” I think Spike Lee was probably trying to capitalize off of the Chiraq name. He made it colorful, I don’t know if he thinks that solution would actually work.”
Bibby says he doesn’t think Spike Lee understands the mindset of Chicagoans.
“A lot of us don’t know how to express or tell what’s really going on in our mind,” he said. “We don’t see it, because we in it, doing it every day. I think he should have sat down with a couple of other people to find out the mindset of the young kids and why they doing this stuff they doing before they make the movie. I don’t know who he talked to, but they probably didn’t give him the right message.”
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Lil Bibby Says It Wasn’t A Good Idea For Nick Cannon To Play A Gangster In Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’
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