Vice’s ‘Chiraq’ Series An Attempt To Unpack ‘Rap, Politics And Violence’ Of Chicago’s South Side

As Chicago’s violence grabs headlines and its hip-hop scene grabs airplay, the intersection of rap, politics and crime is the focus of yet another documentary, this time in the eight-part “Chiraq” series from Vice’s music channel, Noisey.

“Chiraq” — a controversial colloquialism referencing Chicago’s war zone-like death tolls that suggest Iraq war-level violence — has already inspired similar documentaries of the same name.

The first was a stand-alone episode that examined the city’s homicide rate, which ballooned to more than 500 killings in 2012, as part of the “Vice On HBO” series last summer. London-based filmmaker Will Robson-Scott followed in the fall with “Chi Raq,” focusing on the city’s street gangs.

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