Ever since Spike Lee’s controversial film Chi-Raq‘s official rollout last year, he and Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper have exchanged barbs with each other. Spike Lee took it to the next level at a Northwestern University screening where he called Chance out directly. “Chance The Rapper’s a fraud,” he reportedly said. “Straight-up fraud. He puts himself up as a speaker of the people, but that means you have to put truths that you see. That doesn’t mean you can pick and choose what you talk about.”
Chance didn’t take too kindly to that, and fired back at the filmmaker on Twitter with some wild word of his own:
Spike Lee previously called out Chance for his father’s relationship with Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (he’s his deputy chief of staff), while Chance ribbed Lee for the film’s lack of nuance: “It was an oversimplification of a bigger problem. He wasn’t really focusing on the issues of Chicago, it wasn’t really about Chicago. To me, it was about this age-old conversation of Black-on-Black violence, which is to me some Bill Cosby ‘pull up your pants’ stuff. I’m just not for it.”
Your move, Spike.