By Lisa Respers France, CNN
(CNN)– 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 VH1 documentary “Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots.”
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, film and technology festival that the documentary was an idea they had long thought of bringing to the small screen.
“We had worked together on a documentary about N.W.A. a few years ago,” Ford said. “That was always in my mind, the song ‘F**K Tha Police’ and how powerful it was, and was there a connection between that song and what happened years later?”