Mustafa the Poet has tapped the likes of Drake, BAKA NOT NICE and Pressa for his short film Remember Me, Toronto. Scored by Noah “40” Shebib, the 11-minute video is a somber visual that highlights an overlooked and normalized problem that’s been going for decades.
Focused on gun violence in Toronto, rappers from different hoods in the city sat down with Mustafa to share their thoughts on the epidemic that has directly impacted their lives. They dig into the unknown origins of passed down rivalries, first-hand experiences with the law, the resulted deaths from gun violence and the stigma that surrounds the individuals involved.
Remember Me, Toronto also pays tribute to Smoke Dawg who was shot and killed in Toronto last July. Tjin, older cousin of the late rapper, opened up about their rocky relationship due to neighborhood conflicts. “We didn’t really connect how we should’ve connected,” he admitted. “But at the end of the day, he’s my relative, you know what I mean? I can still go to his mom, he’d come to my mom, you know?”
Mustafa revealed in a recent interview that the idea for the film came from a conversation with Drake. ”I had a conversation with Drake about how much violence there is in the city, and I realized when we pass away, people don’t remember us in the way that we should be remembered,” he said. ”And I realized that while we’re still here, it’s important to account for that memory.”
Watch Remember Me, Toronto above.
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