‘I’M TIRED OF SEEING MOTHERS CRYING’: TORONTO HIP HOP ARTISTS SAY ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ TO GUN VIOLENCE

JD Era joined fellow hip hop artists JRDN, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Bizz Loc, Turk, Roney, and Jelleestone in recording the track, which aims to convey a unified message to Torontonians at a time when many lives continue to be lost to senseless gun violence.

Wes Williams, known by his rap name Maestro Fresh Wes, is referred to by some as the Godfather of Canadian hip hop. Williams and a number of other Canadian musicians have leant their voices to a new song that addresses Toronto gun violence. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

MAESTRO FRESH WES LENDS VOICE TO CHARITY SONG ADDRESSING TORONTO GUN VIOLENCE
Eight Canadian hip hop artists, including Maestro Fresh Wes and Jelleestone, have lent their voices to a new charity single that speaks out against Toronto gun violence.

Wish I Could debuted on streaming services Friday with verses from other Canadian artists, including R&B singer Jrdn and local rappers JD Era, Bizz Loc, Turk and Roney.

The song addresses the senseless deaths and a wish to “bring back the loved ones we lost.”

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The track was produced by Dub J as the launchpad for an initiative he’s calling “Enough is Enough,” which aims to unite local business and community leaders around the cause and draw nationwide awareness.

The producer says money raised by the single, and donations to an “Enough is Enough” fundraiser, will be distributed to local communities impacted by rising gun violence. READ MORE


Producer Dub J came up with the idea to assemble both established and emerging hip hop artists who would use their profile and fan base to share the same anti-gun violence message.

‘I’M TIRED OF SEEING MOTHERS CRYING’: TORONTO HIP HOP ARTISTS SAY ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ TO GUN VIOLENCE
Members of the Toronto’s hip hop community have come together to speak out against rising gun violence in the city.

“It’s better to try to do something, than to sit back and do nothing. It’s not just rappers dying, it’s community members,” said Toronto-based rapper and lyricist JD Era, who is one of seven artists on the new single “Wish I Could.”

“I’m tired of turning on the news every day and seeing another big gun-down. I’m tired of seeing mothers crying and heartbroken. This is deeper than just gang violence.”

Recently, JD Era joined fellow hip hop artists JRDN, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Bizz Loc, Turk, Roney, and Jelleestone in recording the track, which aims to convey a unified message to Torontonians at a time when many lives continue to be lost to senseless gun violence. Mixed by Juno Award-winning sound engineer George Seara, “Wish I Could” was released on streaming services Friday.

Dub J, a Waterloo-based hip-hop producer who has worked with artists in Toronto for more than two decades, came up with the idea to assemble a team of both established and emerging hip hop artists who would use their profile and fan base to share the same anti-gun violence message. READ MORE

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