Lil Herb will be the first to admit that he has yet to see Spike Lee’s controversial trailer for upcoming film “Chi-Raq.” G Herbo offered his thoughts on the project during his sit-down radio interview with the Sway In The Morning Show crew:
“I ain’t seen the trailer yet. I been seeing a lot of feedback on Instagram from a lot of people. I don’t know what the trailer was too much about. It was kinda like bad feedback. My opinion on the movie – cause I don’t know the basis of what it’s about or what he covering – but I just feel like if it ain’t really about… because it’s a real problem in Chicago, and it’s with the youths. If it ain’t about making a difference or coming to change… because I come from youth centers and stuff like that. That’s what I did to keep myself out of trouble. That’s what I plan on doing to reach out to the shorties when I get to a certain point in my career for where I can do that. If the movie ain’t about making a difference, I don’t want to feed too much into it. …Even if he reached out to me to be a part of it – if it wasn’t the right concept – I wasn’t interested in it really.”
Lil Herb recently responded to a fan’s question on Twitter regarding his thoughts on the project.
“Regardless To How I Feel Good Or Bad.. It’s Not Gone Stop The Movie From Comin Out And It’s Not Gone Pay Me,” he wrote.
Regardless To How I Feel Good Or Bad.. It's Not Gone Stop The Movie From Comin Out And It's Not Gone Pay Me https://t.co/fCPdIukW7X
— IG:@NOLIMITHERBO (@gherbo) November 10, 2015
Spike Lee has been battling criticism he received for what many felt was an unimpressive film trailer.
Spike explained his reasoning for including comedic scenes in his film:
“A trailer was released and there are very humorous moments in the trailer. Now some people are getting it twisted and thinking it’s a comedy. ‘Chi-Raq’ is not a comedy. ‘Chi-Raq’ is a satire. It’s a difference between humor and comedy. In no way, shape or form are we not respectful of the situation that is happening in Chi-Raq. In no way, shape or form are we making light of the lives that have been murdered with this senseless violence, so people don’t get it twisted, this film is about serious business. There’s many films we can look in history of American cinema that treated very serious subject matter and had humor in them. There’s an old statement: I gotta laugh to keep from crying. Well, I think that’s appropriate with ‘Chi-Raq.’”
Amazon is set to premier Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” a musical comedy starring Nick Cannon, Wesley, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, on Dec. 4, according to Entertainment Weekly. The company has brought in Roadside Attraction and Lionsgate to get the film premiered in major cities, according to deadline.com.
“I’m honored to be part of the film that will launch Amazon Studios and to tell a story that is so important,” Lee said in a statement to EW. “Please don’t be fooled by the title of Chiraq. This new Spike Lee joint will be something very special. We have assembled a stellar cast.”
Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” according to IMDB, is “a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.”
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