World Star Hip Hop makes its film-making debut with The Field: Chicago, a look at the relationship between the city’s rap scene and its street violence. The documentary features interviews with Lil Durk, King Louie, Katie Got Bandz, Tink, Lil Bibby, Lil Herb, Lil Mouse, Young Chop, Rhymefest and more. It’s an investigation into grim day-to-day life in “Chiraq” that both devastates communities and inspires much of the city’s music.
The word “drill” can, particularly on the internet, become detached from its origins; you can easily forget that before it was a term for young Chicago street rap, it was a synonym for murder. Though there are happy moments in this - Durk, Katie, and Louie essentially recounting being saved by rap, and Rhymefest providing alternatives to gang affiliation - it closes by telling us that two of the featured rappers (including L’A Capone, the 17-year-old MC whose posthumous debut mixtape was released this week) were murdered between the doc’s filming and its release.