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“The same n****s you grew up with put the pistol to your face,” raps OG Avlim in the latest episode of Arts and the Culture, a series exploring the relationship between art and social conditions. Avlim touches on some of the challenges of coming up in East Baltimore, having to turn to hustling to make ends meet, and the importance of seeing a greater share of the world for his art and perspective.

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This video was originally published by OnBckgrnd.com, on Dec. 19, 2016.