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Rapping against Jane-Finch's bum rap; A hip-hop video draws both ire and success
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Heath-Rawlings, Jordan
Date: Feb 27, 2005
Start Page: A.06
Section: News
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"You hear them say, 'I don't want to come to [Jane-Finch] and Finch to meet you. It's so dangerous,'" the 24-year-old sighs. "It gets a bum rap, honestly. I hate explaining to people that it's not that dangerous."

While some of the reaction on the more than 100 online message boards featuring discussions of Chuckie's raps has been positive - "That was a beautiful show of Unity!" wrote one Vietnamese-American of the swarming of two black men by Chuckie's Vietnamese crew in the video - the fine line Akenz and [Paul Nguyen] are walking between street credibility and real life drama worries many.

"I was always interested in the history of (this neighbourhood), and one day I decided to Google Jane and Finch and I realized there's nothing there except for the crime you get in the news," says Nguyen. "I wanted to make it into a resource for Jane and Finch people to learn about their area."

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