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'Uprising' documents role of hip-hop in L.A. riots
In the VH1 film "Uprising," Rodney King revisits the site where Los Angeles police officers beat him up in 1991.
May 2nd, 2012
05:09 AM ET

'Uprising' documents role of hip-hop in L.A. riots

By Lisa Respers France, CNN

(CNN)– In 1988, the West Coast hip-hop group N.W.A released a provocative song called "F**k tha Police," which stirred controversy and marked it as one of the most high-profile examples of tension between the black community in Los Angeles and authorities.

A few years later tensions erupted into rioting and violence in that city following the acquittal of Los Angeles police officers in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King.

Those two incidents, and whether the former helped spark the latter, is just one of the topics explored in the VH1 documentary "Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots."

The project was the brainchild of director Mark Ford and executive producer Brad Abramson, both of whose professional credits include stints at CNN. The pair told CNN earlier this year at the South by Southwest music, film and technology festival that the documentary was an idea they had long thought of bringing to the small screen.

"We had worked together on a documentary about N.W.A. a few years ago," Ford said. "That was always in my mind, the song 'F**K Tha Police' and how powerful it was, and was there a connection between that song and what happened years later?"

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  1. gung hoe

    Mr stephens jr you speak like a spoild 20yr old now whether your older dont know or care.Iam happy that it sounds like youve chosen to further your education,I sincerly hope you do well.That way when you leave school you can get a good job and have tp to 75 percent go to the government depending how well you do to pay for some other freeloader who wants the taxpayers to pay for their schooling and living while your in school.But you see steven nothing in this life is free.Now as for GWB And his oil croonies mite I point out gas when bush was prez was 1 86 now 3 86 so hows bout obama and his oil buddies never hear about that do ya

    May 2, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name* Steve Stephens Jr.

    Oh, how silly of me: the best hustle is in that of the oil industry, with G.W.B., Saddam & nem, & "Bubba Gump Shrimp"(lol).

    May 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name* Steve Stephens Jr.

    "Crime and politics, they're the same thing." -Godfather III /Can't be mad @ the police, for they're hustling legally. That's the best hustle. That, cell phones, and prescription drugs. All legal; I might add. N-ggas gotta step they're hustle game up. Get wit the program; EDUCATION. Me too! A big thankyou to the 'POTUS' for making school free, and yall's trying to get that man out of office after only 4 years. "Stupid is, as stupid does." -Forrest Gump(what a 'smart man')

    May 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    Well there you go obama backers and progressive leaders,thats the type of people thats on your team!Oh also the occuppyers not a whole lot of difference between the two.Alot to be proud of between the two groups

    May 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    They are all NWA.

    May 2, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |