In commemoration of the 20-year-anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, journalist ...
In commemoration of the 20-year-anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, journalist turned filmmaker, Mark Ford, recaptures the events, as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots chronicles how a simmering beef with police reached its boiling point.
Ford screened the film at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles Thursday (April 26) night, followed by a panel discussion with Kurupt, Too Short, John Singleton, Arsenio Hall, Henry Watson, Mathew McDaniel, and Cheo Hodari Coker; all of whom were featured in the documentary.
Narrated and executive produced by Snoop Doog, Uprising takes a look at Hip-Hop's role in foreseeing and encouraging the riots that cost the city of Los Angeles $1 billion, and took 53 lives. Notable rap records like N.W.A.'s "F**k tha Police," and Ice Cube's "Black Korea" broadcasted the climate in Southern California neighborhoods where gang violence and racial tension divided the area. "Back then regardless if I was writing songs about some pimp stuff, or N.W.A. was rapping about chasing girls, there was a part [where] every rapper mentioned what was going on in your surroundings," said Too Short, during the discussion.
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