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The Restless Natives

restlessnativescover.jpgThe tragic consequences of hurricane Katrina’s rampage through New Orleans exposed the entire world to the fact that the Big Easy is actually a troubled city haunted by racism, corruption and dire poverty. A year later, we’re learning that troubled citizens weren’t the only thing covered up by the city’s erstwhile rep as a party town—it turns out that Crescent City hip-hop is much more than its flagship labels, No Limit and Cash Money.

The Restless Natives, a compilation released this summer, features over a dozen underground New Orleans artists, most of whom have a sound that’s more NYC than NOLA. The album, available from N.O. indie Dragon’s Breath Records, was in the works prior to Katrina, but the project coalesced in the storm’s aftermath. “I’m very close friends with almost everyone on the CD, so it was a way to help them,” says Dragon’s Breath CEO Jennifer Corbridge, the former hip-hop director at college-radio station WTUL in New Orleans. “When hurricane Katrina happened, a lot of them were displaced. At that point I decided to change it up, and dedicating it to the victims of the hurricane was just a small way I could contribute.” The proceeds from the compilation’s sale will go to the artists, all of whom suffered losses in the storm.

Corbridge says that five songs came post-Katrina, two of which address the storm directly—“Alday” by Dick Darby and “Mayhem in Metropolis” by J Infinite—but now the heartbreak is never far from the artists’ minds. “I wanted to write about Katrina right after it happened, but I couldn’t. I guess because I was too preoccupied with what had happened,” says Truth Universal, a longtime New Orleans MC who is featured on two of The Restless Natives’ tracks and is signed to Paris’ Guerrilla Funk Records. The collection also serves as a chance to showcase another side of N.O. rap. “Some people think everyone from the South has the same sound,” says Dragon’s Breath producer DJ Maxmillion, who serves as the comp’s host on the first track, “Introducing.” “But it’s not true. I don’t worry too much about the [differences]. To me, there are only two kinds of music, good and bad.”

The Restless Natives, known or unknown, fits nicely in the good camp.—BEN OSBORNE

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  • WEST SIDE

    fuck new orleans

    its west side and brooklyn

  • G

    MAN MUTHERFUCK YOUR BITCH ASS NIGGA HATIN CAUSE YOU GOT HOE IN YOUR BLOOD LIL BITCH BOY DON’T EVER DISRESPECT MY CITY BOY WITH’CHA SILKY DRAWS

  • datniggamac

    So what rating did it get?

  • MEECHIE_DA_GOD

    ill say it fuck New Orleans and fuck louisiana as a state and state full of crackheads and free clinic patients. you bastid in new orlean talk like yall the hardest niggas around hell. get out my state and get your city out from underwater..it rains in Texas and nothing happens, that you bastid get shooked when it rains hard, bitch nigga

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money

    I bet people who disrespect NO are on my homestate CALI or NY and dislike southerm music,man quit ya hatin last time i checked SOUTH is ruling the rap game and as far as im concerned NY and CA tryna make it back but i respect every state in US.

  • http://www.myspace.com/donlibido Don Libido

    Anyone who says “fuck New Orleans” has never been here to experience the whole. I’m from Los Angeles originally, love New York (I consider it a second home), but I rep New Orleans and Louisiana proper.

    Hating on a coast is so 1992.

    The Hip Hop artists here are not all of what you might expect if your only exposure is through the product of No Limit and Cash Money. The Restless Natives shows that. Give the compilation a listen before you comment.

  • james from fl.

    first off as for comments,the west is so fuckin dead you couldnt revive it if you had god on your side and new yorks alright but aint nobody from anywhere else really gonna take them niggas serious ever again.thats just reality.and honestly new orleans gets love from all southern states.so to fuck with that is to fuck with a whole lotta trill ass dudes that will fuck you up and impregnate your momma and baby momma.so sit your sad ass at your computer that your fag lover got you when you took 2 dicks at once and think about how we know how much of a whore your mother is.

  • http://myspace.com/impulss Impulss

    The basic truth is that no state in the U.S. contributed as much to american culture than Louisiana, and more specifically, no city in the U.S. gave as much culturally as New Orleans. It’s the only city in the country that has it’s own indigenous culture. New York and Cali have to BORROW culture and put it in a museam or a restaurant to enjoy it, but here in NOLA we live uor culture .You have no culture so you should pay some respect as you drive into your strip malls listening to Rock and Roll or Jazz, or Blues, all of which came from the Crescent city.

  • BELIZE

    Yall niggaz is gay…..big up to N.O.

  • WEST SIDE

    Yo G,

    shut the fuck up u gay ass pussy.

    come over to the west side, matter fact come over to compton speaking that south shit and we gonna kill ya.u lil bitch.

    yo u can see me up in compton, i’m the boy with the tats all over my body with 2 guns showing. u lil fuck.

    lil wayne can suck my dick

    cash money can suck my dick

    luda can suck my dick

    T I can suck my dick

    lil flip can suck my dick

    scarface can suck my dick

    outcast can suck my dick

    everybody from the south (including u G) can suck my dick

  • jus

    “WEST SIDE Says:

    August 25th, 2006 at 12:05 pm
    fuck new orleans

    its west side and brooklyn”

    Wow..man you act like you own these streets..at the end of the day the white man owns all of the west side brooklyn and new orleans. wake up man!

  • KassyKRAK215

    hope you N.O. mutherfuckers got your rubber boots cus its gonna be huirricane season real soon…move the fuck out of the soup bowl.

  • http://dickriders.com J. Motha Fuckin Infinite

    “yo u can see me up in compton, i’m the boy with the tats all over my body with 2 guns showing. u lil fuck.”

    this is the most hilarious thing ever said

    dude stop acting like you are the Game……outside of LA( i just got back from, and love it) nobody even remembers him from like last year or whenever he tryed to pull the ever cliche “beef” shit with 50
    sounds like you been listening to one of his mixtapes where he disses everyone on their own beats( maybe he doesn’t have any of his own?)
    also all of the artists listed above have nothing to do with this comp
    did you even read the review or are you just so bored that this is what you do for fun…talk shit

    Compton is so 1992

    we kick it rooftop in Beverly Hills, when i’m in town
    poolside with delicate ladies an shit
    you can save all that menace II society bullshit for your forums

    if you really had all those tats and guns, you would be in the street hustlin instead of reading this and responding

  • http://WWW.INDYGROUND.COM CZAR NICHOLAS

    WOW NIGGAS (WHITEBOYS ACTUALLY) BE SAYIN FUCK NEW ORLEANS??!!! WESTSIDE AND BROOKLYN? WHERE IN BK? WILLIAMSBURG OR PARK SLOPE…OR MAYBE U GOT A FRIEND IN BAYRIDGE…WESTSIDE???? WEST SIDE U.S.A. EVERY HOOD GOT A WESTSIDE…OKAY THIS IS MY 2 CENTS I KNOW EVERY MOTHAFUCKA ON THAT RECORD IN SOME WAY IF NOT DIRECTLY FROM PAST ENCOUNTERS.. AND ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT BE THE NEXT “SOUNDBOMBING” OR BUZZIN LIKE A STREETSWEEPERS MIXTAPE. BUT THESE FOLKS REPPED N.O WHEN THERE WAS ACTUALLY A SCENE OF HEADS WHO LOVED MUSIC SO MUCH AS TO MAKE IT AND BUILD WITH EACHOTHER ON ORIGINAL IDEAS RATHER THAN BE ON THE INTERNET CALLIN OUT WHOLE CITIES…THE MURDER CAPITAL AT THAT…BIG UP TO JEN, MAX, DARBY, J-INFINITE, TRUTH AND ALL THE REST ON THE PROJECT….IM STILL WAITIN FOR THAT CALL FOR PRODUCTION JEN

  • SMRP

    fuck all u dirrty south haters and fuck all you south side bitches riding like the south is all dat. tru dey run da game but dey only a few artists i see who actually good to listen too. N westside yur gay ass don’t know shit u dun try be all dat jus cuz u tatted up wearing a dress holding two arcarde guns don’t mean u hard nigga, only thing you try to do is be a hard as e-thug cuz most pplz don’t come round talkin’ all da shit like u been. like you can do anything nigga, onlything you can do is post some shit saying suck my dick or some wack ass shit like dat. west, east, n south doing they own thang yur really tryin’ to go to hard saying one side rule all nigga fuk u cuz dem dun fell off, south might fall off and shit they might come up again it jus depend so stop dickriding like u da hardest nigga in compton, dey alot of g’s dat won’t say shit cuz dey do shit over here givin’ warnin’ shots u funny ass nigga

  • http://myspace.com/efcuttin EF Cuttin

    2 all my New Orleanians, Fuck these fuck-style ass wiggaz out here fakin
    that hard-speak! N.O is responsible
    for a good chunk of what made hip hop
    hot in the 90′s(check ya samples-dicks)
    And like my man Impulss said, NY(aka NORTH Miami)and LA have NO original
    indigenous culture and have to borrow
    shit!How can anybody on the Left side
    of the San Andreas Fault have anything
    2 say when yall one big earthquake away?! N.O. 4eva!! Respect it or check it! I’m easy 2 find PUSSIES!!!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/efcuttin EF Cuttin

    Oh I alomst forgot, Meechie, send our
    people back and come get ALL your Texicans out my muthafuckin city!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/doombunny999 Mama Doom

    It is sad that in the face of tragedy people still have nothing better to do with their time then hate.

    It simply exposes people for the ignorance bred within their hearts.

    It is a sad thing. I think it is representative of deeply rooted fears of inadequacy. I will pray for these people and hope that they free themselves from their prison of hate before the next cycles repetition.

    Oh, and much love to all you cats in the Crescent City holding it down. I will always have love for the strength and beauty of New Orleans and the culture that radiates out from it..

  • ganjasmoker

    man fuck new orleans people. i know first hand i live in houston and the crime shot up 70 percent. and plus they are takin jobs away from houstonians and givin em to new orleans faggots. man fuck yall and go back to shit hole new orleans

  • http://myspace.com/deadlyair DownRiteDerelict

    Big Ups to N.O. from Naptown. The only thing I’m hating is all the blame that the white man caused the delay in reaction. State it properly, blame the N.O. local government for not handling the situation with peoples lives as priorities. Blame the federal government for not giving the support as quickly as they should have. But DO NOT BLAME THE WHITE MAN, NOR I OR DID MILLIONS OF THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATES HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE BAD RESULTS THAT OCCURRED. WE’RE ALL LIVING UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT TOGETHER AND IT IS ALL OF US AS ONE THAT CAME TO THE AID OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS! KATRINA WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN AND THE N.O. WILL RISE AGAIN.

  • Pimpology

    I don’t understand how niggaz can say what they say about the N.O. Especially niggaz in Cali…u niggaz jus 3 o 4 yearz from another BIG ASS EarthQuake. The people from Louisiana are our people (black people). God Bless The people there. I pray for you silly niggaz sayin what you say about them!

  • J Infinite

    can’t believe i actually responded
    this has got to be a joke right???

  • kelo360

    I love you fools saying the West Coast is dead. E-40 released the best hip-hop album of 2006 (that may change with Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Game, Jay-Z and Nas coming out) and the record is causing new political and social attacks against hip-hop.

    http://www.news10.net/storyfull2.aspx?storyid=20011

  • G

    westside fuck your momma dad brother sister and whoever else bitch ass nigga I hope a NIGGA bust ya mutherfucking head pussy ass nigga!na suck a dick and keep my mutherfucking name uot your fuckin mouth and for meechie thats why we came and took y’all fuckin city away from y’all bitches straight runnin that bitch pimpin that bitch don’t get mad just respect real souljas Cause I knowwwww you see it

  • UFO

    Why these east coast pussy ass niggas has beens keep hatin on The NO, look at it this way, nature took i our city, and we took yalls, hoes!!!

  • http://www.elevatedmindsmusic.com Lyrikill

    The original American music was birthed in New Orleans. So while you “holier than thou” cats rep your coast remember that its just as many wack cats in the East/West as it is in the South. You’ll never find more hospitable parternal beings than in the South. Look at how thugs and gangstas was carrying elderly people and children through that water–they don’t build people like that on your coasts like us.

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