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One Year Later: Hip-Hop's Response to Katrina

By August 29, 2006

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It's been one year since Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast region and forced people to part from their homes, businesses, schools, and most essentially, families and friends. Being that New Orleans--the most affected of all the regions--is home to several notable rappers like Lil' Wayne, Baby aka Birdman, Juvenile, and B.G., it was natural for some of them to respond through songs. However, the Katrina debacle touched everyone everywhere, not just New Orleans and Louisiana natives. In fact, the most remarkable hip-hop tribute to Katrina comes from New York's No. 1 draft pick Papoose, whose "Mother Nature" leads our list of Katrina songs. OutKast's "Hollywood Divorce"--which is more of a reference than a tribute to Katrina--rounds off our Top 5. Check out the list and audio links below:
  1. Papoose ft. Razah - "Mother Nature" | Listen |
  2. Legendary K.O. - "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" | Listen |
  3. Public Enemy - "Hell No, We Ain't Alright" | Listen |
  4. Juvenile - "Get Ya Hustle On" | Listen |
  5. OutKast ft. Lil' Wayne and Snoop Dogg - "Hollywood Divorce"

Bonus Cut: Mos Def - "Katrina Clap" | Listen |

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August 29, 2006 at 3:07 pm
(1) Nero says:

Man, “Katrina Clap” is better than those other 5 songs combined.

P.S. RIP to all the victims.

August 29, 2006 at 8:06 pm
(2) Illmatic620 says:

Off topic but even after listening to Mother Nature which was tight I must say, Chicago’s number 1 draft pick = 1000x NYC’s pick, you know that means something coming from a NYC rap fan like me lol

August 30, 2006 at 5:33 am
(3) Henry says:

Who? Lupe?

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