Duwop, a rapper in his 20s, is the primary focus of a documentary chronicling the violence that is plaguing the city of Chicago. A reporter for the BBC, Ian Pannell, joins the rapper for a look at what it’s like to survive everyday in the city. The project is a mini-documentary called “The Lost Streets of Chicago” and it follows several Chicago based emcees who have unparalleled access to various ‘hoods’. Duwop is a father of two kids, 7 and 4, a life long Chicagoan, and a veteran of the Iraq War.
In 2016, Chicago saw its highest death rate in almost 20 years with 762 murders recorded. While not glorifying the violence, Duwop said the shootings and resulting deaths are a necessary evil of trying to survive in a place plagued by daily gun violence.
While it examines the lives numerous young Black men are forced to endure, the documentary also talks with some of the families that have been destroyed when their loved ones are killed.
What are your thoughts? Is this project a portal into a world few people can only imagine or is the film maker profiting off of the pain endured by Black families in Chicago?