• Writer Tamizh Prabha opens the video talking about how, during the British Rule, North Madras had been segregated as ‘Black Town’. Throughout, the long-standing sentiment that comes through is that not enough opportunities were given for Vyasarpadi to develop, despite talent in the community. Sunil and Velu describe the judgement they feel when they tell others that they are from this part of the city.
  • Logan, who recently founded Black Boys, a crew of 32 members, some as young as eight years old, chronicles love, politics, and societal issues through his songs. “Our first song, ‘Do something/edhachu pannu’ stresses on the importance of education for our children,” he says.
  • He adds that Black Boys’ motto is to teach these ideals to young children and teenagers, so that they grow up to be politically aware individuals.
  • “In this way,” says Niyantha, “Vyasarpadi has more parallels to the original hip hop movement in the Bronx than any other city.”