Drake is among the artists featured in Mustafa the Poet’s short film Remember Me, Toronto. The film focuses on gun violence in Toronto its impact on some of the city’s communities, drawing on the perspectives of artists such as Drake, Pressa, Baka Not Nice, and Top 5.
Mustafa the Poet says he hopes the film will “spark larger conversations that address these issues at their core.” Watch the full film above.
The multi-talented Canadian creator took to Instagram to explain his rationale for making the project, stemming in part from his own experiences with gun violence.
In the film, Drake reflects on the intergenerational nature of trauma and gun violence, saying, “People don’t even know the logistics of the ‘beef’ or why or what really happened, it’s just ‘I’m conditioned to hate this area or this group of people.’”
Later he notes, “It’s a daunting path, to be the biggest and baddest from your ends or from your hood,” adding that it’s “way more impactful if you put all that energy into a grind that people remember you and say, ‘I remember that guy came around and gave us all a chance.’”