Video of the Day: Paris Takes on the Health Care Debate

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This video isn't big on the visuals side, but I like the fact that Bay Area rappers are so quick to respond to current events and social memes (see Kev Choice's "The Bridge"; Mistah F.A.B.'s "Hit Me on Twitter"). Davey D's Hip Hop Corner highlighted local rapper Paris' new clip for "Side Effect," where he describes taking an ER ride to SF General after getting shot, only to get tangled up in hospital bureaucracy. The song has a vivid narrative told from within a community for whom "basketball, alcohol, and jail" are the escape routes, and without access to health care, "in the hood, it's just another way for you to bury us."

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