Recently, New Orleans rapper (formerly Young Money, currently G-Unit) Kidd Kidd returned to the streets that he fled with his family in an old two-door Chevrolet Monte Carlo ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina first impacted. With Atlanta photographer Cam Kirk and director Eddie Mensore by his side, he spoke with a wide cast of characters—including his barber, his mom, and Oliver Thomas, a former New Orleans city council member—about their experience during the storm and the shape their world has taken since. Those conversations are documented in New Warleans: Katrina 10 Years Later, a half-hour video that you can—and should—watch above.
"My motivation for putting this together was one thing: THE CITY itself, period," Kidd Kidd told The FADER in an email. "Even if Katrina wouldn't have happened, I still would've been putting this together. I want to use my voice to bring the issues going on to the forefront."
"I chose everyday people to help get my point across–the people that most media can't get to, or that they don't care to reach—but these are the real representatives for what's going on," he added.
What's more, along with New Warleans Kidd Kidd has made a promise: "If this reaches the right people who are willing to help make changes—I'm willing to go down there myself with them and work on things, whether it's a donation or volunteering/community activism. I'm donating from anything I sell to give back to my community, to the schools and to wherever it needs to go. I'm putting my money and my time where my mouth is."