5 Years After Hurricane Katrina – Hip-Hop Reflections on New Orleans

Originally published in the November 2005 issue of XXL In the early morning hours of Monday, August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast just east of New Orleans. While the Crescent City was spared the direct fury of the hurricane itself, on the next day, the system of levees that protected the city broke, and the waters of Lake Pontchartrain began to flood the city. By Wednesday evening it was estimated that 80 percent of New Orleans was submerged under water, and N.O.’s Mayor C. Ray Nagin projected that the death toll could reach into the thousands. In the ...

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