Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots

Who has seen our lectures knows that Design as Politics is -just as Reyner Banham and Charles Jencks– fascinated by Los Angeles. The movies, the glamour, its rap culture and of course the Riots.

Now 20 years after the violent uprising that was triggered by the savage beating of Rodney King, filmmaker and former CNN staffer Mark Ford (known from his doc about N.W.A.) released the movie Uprising: Hip Hop & the LA Riots. The film –narrated by the one and only Snoop Dogg- revisits the riots in gripping detail and documents how hip hop forecasted –some say ignited– the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. It contains interviews with rappers, musicians, police officers and victims who lived through the 1992 riots and shows never-before-heard stories from Rodney King, John Singleton, Too Short, Big Boy, Sir Jinx, and even the L.A. Four. Check the trailer, but careful, it’s shocking.