Director Mark Ford's documentary,
Uprise Hip Hop and The LA Riots
Director Mark Ford's documentary, "Uprising", revisits the LA riots in spellbinding detail. With authoritative first-hand accounts and exclusive rare footage this film gives an inside look at the four fiery days that left 53 people dead and over 12,000 arrested.
Narrated by Snoop Dogg the documentary is told through the diverse perspective of the rappers, musicians, police officers and victims, who lived through the landmark L.A. Riots in April, 1992. The film traces the rise of dissent in Los Angeles in the 80's and 90's by exploring the connection between the violence manifested on the streets during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the rage expressed in hip hop by NWA, Dr. Dre, Ice T, Ice Cube and others in tracks like, “F Tha Police” and “Cop Killer”.
“Uprising” also explores why citizens chose to rise up violently against police abuse and perceived injustices in what became known as the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. As stated by KRS-1 in the documentary "Rodney King was the confirmation of everything we'd been saying since the '70s."
“Uprising: Hip Hop & the LA Riots” is scheduled to premiere on VH1 Tuesday, May 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.