Durham pride is a strong thing, and nobody has more of it than J. Gunn. The rapper who appeared on G Yamazawa’s instant classic “North Cack” and fit the whole city into about a minute on the “Do Durham Remix” quietly dropped a new song and video this week on the YouTube page of Made in Durham, a community partnership of educators, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits focused on preparing young people to successfully enter the work force.
Gunn made “What a Wonderful Durham” based on input from the organization’s Youth Network, members of which also appear in the video. “We wanted to have something inspiring and empowering that we could continue to share in months, even years, to come,” Made in Durham communications manager Lindsey Paydon told the INDY. “We hope it inspires the community, especially those in positions of power, to support and listen to the youth of Durham as they identify the barriers standing in the way of success.”
The song is a powerful vision of a Durham without ICE raids and food deserts, and of course, the bars are fire. Watch it on Made in Durham’s YouTube page or via the embed below.
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