The Rodney King Saga: As Told Through Rap Lyrics

Armed Forces Deployed In L.A. (May 2, 1992)

What happened? Thousands of soldiers and Marines are deployed into Compton to disperse the crowds. L.A. begins to quiet down with the help of community volunteers who helped direct traffic, hand out food, and shuttle local residents in need of transportation. The U.S. Justice Department announces that it will launch a federal investigation into whether or not King's civil rights had been violated.
Song: Ice Cube “We Had To Tear This Motherfucka Up” (1992)

Lyrics: THE ENTIRE SONG
Complex says: Cube wasn’t exaggerating when he claimed L.A. was tore up. Riot damage in L.A. totaled nearly $1 billion and cans of whoop ass were being served like fortune cookies by the time the armed forces were deployed in the city. In the end, 53 died due to the riots and thousands more were injured.

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