Despite plenty of criticism from plenty of Chicago denizens, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq film does indeed feature more than a few Chicagoans in one way or another — whether it be by the soundtrack or in Jennifer Hudson & John Cusack’s case, actually taking part in the film.
R. Kelly & Tink, representing two different generations of Chicago lead their voices towards the end of gun violence in their native home on “Put The Guns Down”.
As heard in the film, “Put The Guns Down” is a bit more house / dance vibe as opposed to the more somber declarations of putting an end to the bloodshed in The Second City. Tink raps on her verse, “Kids is dying in front of their house / They giving up life, ain’t no hope for them making it out / They 15 buying a .2 / Just to feel more safe when they gotta make it home from school.”
R. Kelly says about the record, “One man can’t do it by himself. I would hope that I have some type of influence out there on the younger and the older people. As far as violence is concerned period, put the guns down, put the knives down and, most of all, put the hating down. Love is going to get us through all of things we’re going through.”
Stream “Put The Guns Down” now. The Chi-Raq OST is available now on iTunes.