GIFT OF GAB, THE GENTRIFICATION SONG

by Cesar Aguirre

Across the country gentrification has been affecting inner-city communities. From Brooklyn to San Francisco inner-city communities have been taken over by moneyed interests.

Some claim that it is development and improvement of poor, blighted communities with high crime rates and homelessness. But for those of us who live here it pushes us out further on the fringes of society, while erasing the culture and history of our community and the people that have lived here for generations. And now it’s happening in South Tucson.

As an artist and rapper I feel that art, music and culture is at the heart of the struggle and moves the soul. This song by Gift of Gab certainly does that for me.

Gift of Gab, one-half of the rap duo Blackalicious (which both me and Brian really like), tackled the issue head on with “the Gentrification Song”.

Check out this short article about it on NPRmusic.

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