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Oakland Rapper Films Own Displacement for 'Tech $' Video



    Oakland Rapper Films Own Displacement for 'Tech $' Video
    Zion I & The Grouch
    File image of Zion I & The Grouch.

    A new music video shows a rapper's real struggles to stay afloat in the Bay Area.

    Oakland's Zion I has posted a video for "Tech $" on Facebook and dedicated it to people paralyzed by the swiftly moving effects of gentrification in the city.

    "Many from the outside have a difficult time seeing the negative effects of it," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I filmed this video to give outsiders some insight; it is not staged, it is my family actually being displaced from the effects of soaring rents and property values in Oakland. I hope this encourages conversations between long term residents and newcomers alike."

    "It's happening to me, I'm out here right now moving my whole family on a spur of the moment and God bless I actually found a spot," he said at the beginning of the video as he's seen carrying furniture to a moving truck. "Now I'm going further out than I've ever been in 18 years."

    Zion I is currently on tour across the United States through mid-August.

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