Drake, Baka Not Nice, Yung Lava and more Canadian rappers feature in Remember Me, Toronto, a new mini-documentary about gun violence by songwriter-activist Mustafa the Poet.
The 11-minute clip shares the artists’ thoughts on Toronto’s growing gun culture and remembers the lives lost to violent tragedies. It also includes a tribute to the late Smoke Dawg, Drake’s tourmate who was shot and killed last year outside a Toronto nightclub.
In his interview, Drake speaks about street politics, claiming that black youths are mostly being “conditioned to hate” rival gangs, influenced by their elders. “[Sometimes] people don’t even know the logistics of the beef, or why or what really happened,” he said.
Speaking to Complex, Mustafa explained that the mini-doc was sparked by a discussion he had with the Scorpion rapper. “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. “While we’re still here, it’s important to account for that memory.”
Remember Me, Toronto isn’t the first time Drake has condemned gun violence. In 2015, the rapper penned an emotional letter on his blog after a shooting at his OVO Fest after-party left two people dead.
Watch Mustafa’s moving short film below: