Lee "Q" O'Denat has a mission: to show the world the good, the bad and the ugly.
Earlier this week, Q, through his website WorldStarHipHop, released a documentary that focused its lens on the violence in Chicago's inner-city. It's an epidemic that America has watch play out on the nightly news and has heard on rap records, but with "The Field: Violence, Hip-Hop and Hope in Chicago," WorldStar wanted to bring you face to face with the real-life horror.
"We wanted to show the world what's happening in our communities," Q told MTV News earlier week.
Rappers Lil Durk, King L, Young Chop, Lil Mouse, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby and Lawless Inc. CEO Larry "Larro" Wilson all appear in the 40-minute online doc, which shows the struggles that all of these young men faced trying to come out of their Chicago neighborhoods. The film draws the parallel between the aggressively violent Chicago streets and the sound of the music that simply mirrors the harsh realities.
"Community leaders like to point fingers at us, but then we want to show them that they should be focused more on their jobs of helping the youth and the communities out there instead of worrying about an entertainment website, which is pretty much a mirror of what's happening in your communities," Q said.
Yes, there has been a lot of finger-pointing at WorldStar, a video-based site that premieres big-budget rap videos and is driven by grainy camera videos. Last year, the site got 22.5 million views on a brutal clip that showed a Texas teen, Sharkeisha, pummel an unsuspecting teen.
Thousands of posts like that have earned WorldStar a bad rep, but their latest doc, which Q and his team spent two weeks last year shooting, shows different potential for the Internet juggernaut.
"Chicago is the tip of the iceberg. We're going to be doing much more documentaries around the country and hopefully we'll go international with it," Q pledged. "I want to go to Haiti, I want to touch the world and give that perspective."
The viral guru also commented on the conditions in Skid Row in Los Angeles, which he says makes him "sick to his stomach."
"The bigger picture is to get the eyeballs to look at a variety of different things happening in the entertainment world, balanced with original content and documentaries like you've seen," Q continued. "We do a lot of documentaries, but this one on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 12."