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Juvenile Films Video In New Orleans’ Ravaged Ninth Ward

January 19th, 2006 | By Administrator

Juvenile recently wrapped a new, gritty video for “Get Ya Hustle On” that captures the continued desolation in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The rapper and New Orleans native is one of the first artists to be granted access to the lower Ninth Ward since a levee breach flooded the streets in the natural disaster.

The video, which is still in production, was shot over a four-day period in a documentary style.

“Get Ya Hustle On,” a politically charged song, criticized local and national governmental forces for neglecting the city’s poorest and disenfranchised.

“It?s more like out with the old, in with the new,” Juvenile said of the efforts to rebuild New Orleans. “Now you got [wealthy real estate barons] down there, buying up all the property – now it?s a big business venture. If you didn?t pay your taxes on your property – and half of the people weren?t able to pay taxes, you know – a lot of people lost their money for real.

While most of Reality Check, the rapper’s upcoming album, was recorded prior to the hurricane, he re-added songs like “Get Ya Hustle On” to address the plight of the victims.

The video, directed by Ben Mor, depicts three children that find masks of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Mayor Ray Nagin.

The opposing side of the masks says, “Help Is Coming.”

The beginning of the video says, “This is a tribute to those who died in the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. The storm may have passed, but for thousands the struggle is just beginning.”

To view images from the shoot click this link.

For more insight on Juvenile’s views on Hurricane Katrina and the political controversy surrounding it, read Juvenile’s interview.

Juvenile’s UTP/Atlantic debut, Reality Check, is due on March 7.