“Born and Raised in the Ghetto”, by Toronto rap crew Point Blank, is a masterpiece. It combines slick and technically skilled lyrics with classic gangsta rap motifs and a clear plea for both political change and pride in the marginalized but strong community of “Canada’s First Block”. Also, the use of black-and-white clips from “Farewell Oak Street” – an upbeat, borderline propagandistic 1950s film on urban renewal in sharp contrast with the rest of the video – is genius.
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