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Nik Cohn: Triksta – Life and Death and New Orleans Rap

Charles Shaar Murray, The Independent, 9 December 2005

JUST AFTER THE first printing of this iconic writer's account of his cultural and musical misadventures in an iconic city, the situation changed almost beyond recognition. Among the many incarnations of New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina were the fantasy city Nik Cohn had first imagined as a pre-adolescent infatuated with African-American music; the real, living city he had been revisiting since his twenties, and the site of his recent, quixotic project of reinventing himself as the producer/entrepreneur who would make the Big Easy's idiosyncratic hip-hop scene go global.

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