'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.

Story highlights

  • "Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots" examines the connection between music and 1992 riots
  • The documentary features rap stars as well as those who participated in the rioting
  • The director said he hopes viewers take away a powerful message from the film
  • The documentary airs at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday on VH1
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 documentary "Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots," which airs at 9 ET Tuesday night on VH1.
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, fil