L.A. Riot (Explicit)
Released: Aug 2011
Label: London Live
The 1992 L.A. riots/uprising were a cataclysmic event. The causes and repercussions have bedeviled us ever since, so it's understandable that rapper Thurz's chronicle is a noble failure. To his credit, he uses interviews with people who lived through it, and raps about the Bloods and Crips who briefly made peace ("Two Clips"), hood kids under siege ("F*ck the Police") and, most impressively, catalyst "Rodney King." But he neglects his own voice, a problem that's underlined when Black Thought shows up on "Riot" and briefly but decisively steals the show.
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