New Orleans bred emcee Juvenile recently sat down in an exclusive interview with Hip-Hop Wired to discuss his feelings on the oil spill that surrounds his home state as well as his take on the arrest of the police officers who murdered countless Hurricane Katrina victims during the storm.
In regards to the killings by the police officers, Juve states that he “wasn’t surprised” because the senseless acts of violence by police officers is something that has plagued the New Orleans’ hoods for years.
“I really am not shocked that they got caught,” Juvenile said. “We have been telling people this for years. I am more surprised that people were shocked more than anything because if they had been listening to us back then the people may still be alive today.”
In regards to the state of his hometown, Juve states that one solution to the problem would be to allow the victims of Hurricane Katrina to receive priority job placement in their hometown to create a sense of stability and security.
“No offense to anyone out there, but I feel like the victims of the hurricane need to be the first ones who are considered for jobs, especially in New Orleans.” Juvenile said. “Pretty much after every crisis that has hit Louisiana, they should really be the first to get jobs because they were literally left with nothing and many of them still haven’t recovered almost four years later. Right now the mind state is either you have a job or you’re selling drugs and if you selling drugs then there will be violence.”
In response to the oil spill crisis Juvenile states:
“That oil spill just killed our biggest market, because seafood is our biggest market so the oil spill just put even more people without a job. Basically with one leak the oil spill killed New Orleans, so in my opinion the smartest thing for anyone to do would be to move away, honestly that is what I am looking to do because there will only be so long before the oil starts to affect our water and what can we do then..die and that’s what will happen if we don’t leave.”
On a lighter note, Juvenile has decided to bless fans with a personal listening session via Ustream to hear tracks off of his upcoming album, Beast Mode, which is scheduled to be released on July 6th.
Check it out and let us know what you think: