VH1′s Latest Rock Docs Film, Uprising: Hip Hop And The L.A. Riots, To Premiere May 1


On May 1, VH1 will be premiering a new film from its Rock Docs series, entitled UPRISING: Hip Hop And The L.A. Riots. For anyone who lived through the 1992 L.A. riots that resulted after the beating of Rodney King, you will be completely transported back to the time when the entire country felt that justice had not been served, and unrest was at its peak. To anyone who wasn’t around at the time, the parallels that can be drawn between what happened then and what’s been happening today in the news are undeniable. UPRISING focuses not just on the news of that day, but how it affected and directly influenced hip hop as we know it. Watch the trailer for the film, which is narrated by Snoop Dogg, above, and tune in on May 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for one of our most stunning docs yet.



NEW YORK, NY-April 4, 2012- It has been 20 years since the L.A. Riots, the four days of unrest, looting and rage that paralyzed Los Angeles and sent racial shockwaves throughout the country. After decades of racial tension in South Central Los Angeles, VH1′s Emmy Award-winning “VH1 Rock Docs” franchise explores the connection between the violence manifested on the streets during the 1992 riots and the rage expressed in Hip Hop by NWA, Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Ice Cube among others with VH1′s “UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots” premiering Tuesday, May 1 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.

Executive produced and narrated by Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg and directed by Mark Ford, “UPRISING: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots” tells the story of the most destructive riot in American history and is scored by some of the most iconic and controversial hip hop tracks of all time, such as NWA’s “F Tha Police” and Body Count’s “Cop Killer.” With definitive first-hand accounts and exclusive rare footage that was locked away and hasn’t been seen until now, the documentary gives an inside look at the four fiery days that left 53 people dead and over 12,000 arrested, “UPRISING” 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. Viewers will also witness never-before-heard stories from well known figures and Hip Hop artists who were affected by or actual participants in the riots, including: Rodney King, Arsenio Hall, Ice T, Professor Todd Boyd (USC), Connie Rice (Civil Rights attorney), John Singleton, Too Short, KRS-One, Nas and Henry Watson (one of the “LA Four” convicted of beating Reginald Denny) and many more.

After making its successful debut and receiving rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival this past March “UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots,” puts a searing spotlight on race relations, revisits Hip Hop’s warning of what was to come and documents the turbulent days of the riot with first hand accounts from residents that were caught in the cross hairs.

VH1′s Emmy Award-winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives. “UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots” is executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films and executive produced by Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde for VH1.

About Creature Films: Creature Films (www.creaturefilms.net) is a full service television and film production company and one of the leading producers of music driven entertainment. The company is owned and run by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez. Together, they’ve produced over a hundred hours of television, with credits that include MTV’s Laguna Beach and Taking the Stage, VH1′s Behind the Music and Bravo’s Kandi Factory.

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  1. I was in the riots at the age of 13 I am now 34. I go back to see my city that has never been reclaimed.

  2. p. johnson says:

    I was in LA during the riots. I watched Reginald Denny being beaten live on TV. I saw my city on fire, I heard the gunshots, I smelled the smoke, and I lived in fear for my life during those three days.

    For VH1 to romanticize a complete breakdown in society, and to romanticize the violent racism of those participating in the riots…..its pretty sickening on the part of VH1.

    What sickened me the most during this propaganda piece was the utter lack of remorse on the part of Henri Watson and the USC professor. Flat out racist scum bags for human beings.

  3. kalimahque says:

    I missed the show, does anyone know when it is showing again so I can record it this time. I honestly got caught up watching the Sixers game, they were incredible last night.

  4. Gus G says:

    Very simply…this Rock Doc is truth. I commend VH1 for putting this on TV. Whether you agree with it or not, like it or not, hate or not…it is a truth about the United States of America’s history of mistreatment of poor minorities. This is not romanticizing…this is about the truth. Henry Watson told the truth…the uprising started because this country (as always) failed. What American History classes impart to the students in the U.S. is just a romanticized and subjective version of American History. So for those who have a problem with this documentary…are just the ones who want to got back to the simple lies that they grew up with. For me, it is about time that a documentary like this came out. I am part of the hip-hop generation. I am 36 years old. Every single song that was played and used in the documentary was part of the soundtrack to my life. There has not been, nor will there ever be, justice in this land. 2010, the NYPD stopped and frisk over 600,000 people. 90% plus were either black or hispanic…of those only, less than 10% did anything illegal. Don’t believe…go to the NY Times. So for those who feel that this documentary romanticizes anything are just as ignorant to the truth as the majority of Americans where before 4/29/92. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. Henry Watson is honest. He may be morally repugnant to others…but he is not lying. In fact, I find it more morally repugnant those who do not want to understand the truth.

  5. alex d. says:

    watching this is history class didnt get to finnish it wanted to watch it n it says im too young to be watching it. If im too young how come my teacher can show it in the class and not have to have a slip signed by parents? Please explain