Toronto's Mustafa the Poet recently opened up about a short film he was working on titled Remember Me, Toronto. Tackling the subject of gun violence in Toronto, he said the genesis of the project came together after 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 told Complex. "And I realized that while we're still here, it's important to account for that memory."

Now, he's shared the full film. Featuring interviews with artists from varied backgrounds in the city, Mustafa spoke with everyone from Drake himself to Baka Not Nice and Pressa. "So I'm basically interviewing different rappers from across Toronto, and they gave me these really beautiful responses," he told us of the short film last month. "It just humanizes everyone. When you get lost to gun violence, there’s a stigma. There's a narrative in the media that insinuates that the victims deserved to die."

The project was scored by Drake's right-hand man 40, providing an ethereal soundtrack that further bolsters the reflective quality of what the artists speak about. "I'd like to remember the friends I lost as great teachers," Drake says in the film. Remember Me, Toronto also features a tribute to Smoke Dawg, who was shot and killed in Toronto last year.


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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On his Instagram, Mustafa celebrated the release of Remember Me, Toronto. "Thank you to everyone who made this possible," he said.