California Governor Pete Wilson Declares State of Emergency, Deploys National Guard (April 30, 1992)
What happened? Governor Pete Wilson declares a state of emergency and—at Mayor Bradley’s request—deploys 2,000 reserve soldiers from The National Guard. Mayor Bradley holds a press conference warning residents to avoid clashes with police and promising enough law enforcement to restore order in the city. Song: Dr. Dre “The Day The Niggaz Took Over” (1992)
Lyrics: THE ENTIRE SONG Complex says: No song captured the chaos of the L.A. riots better than “The Day The Niggaz Took Over.” Dre, Daz, Snoop, and RBX make it clear that the injustices of the times were the motivation behind the madness that ensued. Plus, as Dre points out, there’s pretty much never a better time to come up on some brand new furniture and appliances.