Get within in two metres, the city calls you “selfish” and “dangerous.”
Write Hip-Hop lyrics like Drake and he gets the key to the city: “We can’t afford to let someone else get killed. If they scared, we kill you by ourselves. If I’m scared (bodyguard) Chubbs will shoot you by himself. Only need one person to shoot you, you only live once.”
Say the following on TV — like former Coach’s Corner host Don Cherry — and you lose your job and are branded a racist: “You people, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy.“
But if you rap “got hoes that I’m keeping in the dark. I got my n—– across the street living large. Thinking back to the fact that they dead” and you’re ambassador for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.
Things are backwards.
Toronto is still reeling from the brazen daylight slaying of 21-year-old rapper Houdini, born Dimarjio Antonio Jenkins. A 15-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman were also struck.
If only three people shot in broad daylight in Toronto’s Entertainment District struck as much a nerve as the pandemic picnickers did in Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Other than to say that it makes him “very angry” that a “few people take a safe city and turn it into a situation like this,” Mayor John Tory has been quiet.
But on the Cherry Blossoms, he closed down High Park. On people getting too close walking their dogs, he introduced $1,000 tickets. On too many congregating at a park, he scolded people like criminals.
Now he’s bringing in George Orwell-style circles to kettle people while the gangsters shoot and kill as part of a culture that comes with a soundtrack of racist, misogynistic and violent tracks.
Even Houdini foreshadowed his future in his hit songs.
“Got shooters right behind me, they fully intend to grind me, you see them don’t blind me, because they will blow your mind,” he rapped in his own cover of Drake’s famous Hotline Bling song.
Cherry lost his career over next to nothing while Drake isolates in his Bridle Path mansion bragging about his new lake sized pool.
Houdini is dead.
If he’d committed a social distancing violation, perhaps someone would have intervened.