Album: Reality Check
Label: Atlantic
Producer: Donald XL Robertson

Juvenile: “I'm not going to say I’m a politician or one of those Public Enemy type guys, but I was kind of talking to my people with that record, trying to tell everybody to stop crying about what happened to us. Everybody got affected from hurricane Katrina and we can’t point the finger at people because of course it could have been handled in a better way as far as evacuating, but hurricanes are natural, that's God will, that's something we can't control. So my message was to say let's stop pointing the finger, we know what they did, we know who did the wrong things, let's start living now.

“In Katrina, I lost my home, my mom lost her home, and my family got displaced. The good thing about it is I had no debts in it. I didn't lose anybody in the hurricane, all my people lived through it. Right now, I still have family members that never came back to New Orleans because of the hurricane. That affected me the most, knowing that I'm not going to see some of the people that I grew up with. There’s so many things we had going on in the city that's no longer going on. That gets to you sometimes.

 

In Katrina, I lost my home, my mom lost her home, and my family got displaced. Right now, I still have family members that never came back to New Orleans because of the hurricane.

 

“[The Reality Check era was] real emotional. I don't think it was the greatest time for me to be in the studio recording songs because I had too much going on outside of the music industry in my head as far as family and this and that. Even though we had done the deal before the hurricane hit, the timing was bad. We should have held off on that one. I probably would have made different kinds of songs and done things differently.

“The numbers were pretty good, I went gold. It was a shock to me it went gold. I didn't think people was going to pick up that album because everybody was going through something at that time. Financially, a lot of my fans are in the Texas-Louisiana area, and financially they just wasn't able to go stores and buy music. I thought it was going to be way more worse.

“Some artists just don't face reality. I like staying grounded, being myself, and being honest with not only the people around me, but honest with myself. From being that way, I've learned and I have a better look at life. Fuck it. If you mess up, you mess up. I watch cats on on ESPN and all the time they make mistakes, but they get right back up and get right back into the game. You can get called for a technical foul, that doesn’t mean you should quit playing.”