Mustafa the Poet has delivered a short film called Remember Me, Toronto. The film is about gun violence and how it affects his home, bringing in Drake for the discussion. The film has interviews from a variety of artists, who talk about their backgrounds with the subject and about the different perspectives in gun violence.

Mustafa told Complex, “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.”

Mustafa was had helped from 40 who did a soundtrack of the artist who spoke about it with such good quality. “I’d like to remember the friends I lost as great teachers.”

Mustafa made an Instagram post to share the film:

“After much blood & tears, it’s finally out, link is in my bio. I created “Remember Me, Toronto” after thinking about how my dead friends want to be remembered, after thinking about how we all want to be remembered. I created this for the artists in this video & everyone in our communities. To the young boy looking for revenge, to the young boy carrying hate, I was there, sometimes I’m still there. This project is for that boy to realize that the greater issue is not between us, there is a larger beast and systemic structure working against us. The city’s “priority neighbourhoods” are tucked away. They tuck away our truth and our humanity. Our memories are often distorted and buried so I wanted to give us an opportunity to rewrite our memories and the memories of those we lost. We’ll always have our voices, to hopefully live above our deaths being announced with dated mugshots & criminal records. We’re bringing this video into our schools to facilitate discussions around remembrance & to offer the kids in our city a new perspective, kids who look up to these artists. The following video will interview the mothers who lost their sons to gun violence, they will speak on how they want their sons to be remembered in their mother tongues. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, I’m going to cry so I’ll stop here. (That’s Smoke Dawg speaking in the background 🖤🥺)”

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After much blood & tears, it’s finally out, link is in my bio. I created “Remember Me, Toronto” after thinking about how my dead friends want to be remembered, after thinking about how we all want to be remembered. I created this for the artists in this video & everyone in our communities. To the young boy looking for revenge, to the young boy carrying hate, I was there, sometimes I’m still there. This project is for that boy to realize that the greater issue is not between us, there is a larger beast and systemic structure working against us. The city’s “priority neighbourhoods” are tucked away. They tuck away our truth and our humanity. Our memories are often distorted and buried so I wanted to give us an opportunity to rewrite our memories and the memories of those we lost. We’ll always have our voices, to hopefully live above our deaths being announced with dated mugshots & criminal records. We’re bringing this video into our schools to facilitate discussions around remembrance & to offer the kids in our city a new perspective, kids who look up to these artists. The following video will interview the mothers who lost their sons to gun violence, they will speak on how they want their sons to be remembered in their mother tongues. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, I’m going to cry so I’ll stop here. (That’s Smoke Dawg speaking in the background 🖤🥺)

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Peep the film below.