CHICAGO, July 1 (UPI) -- Chicago Rapper Twista criticized a billboard campaign launched by a Catholic priest, saying the money could be used for a better cause.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger of Sabrina Church in Chicago launched a series of billboards that read "Stop Listening to Trash" -- targeting rap artists including 50 Cent, Ludacris, Fat Joe, Nelly, Lil' Wayne and Twista, SOHH.com reported Sunday.
Twister replied to the campaign through his column at RedEye, a publication of The Chicago Tribune.
"What people need to realize is that we're not forcing anyone to listen to our music, everyone that listens to it listens to it because they want to. We're rapping about what goes on in the streets of our cities today," Twista wrote Friday. "The spots that these billboards went up at probably go through everything we rap about so the people there know what the music stands for."
Twista said Father Pfleger could put the billboard money to better use.
"The money from those billboards could easily be going to help make the schools in Chicago better, which will help make the city better," he said.