Spencer Liautaud English 110 Christy Seifert Rhetorical Analysis 9/27/13 April 29, 1992 “‘Cause everybody in the hood has
had it up to here/ It’s getting harder, and harder, and harder, and harder each and every year.” Those lyrics sum up Los Angeles in 1992. Tensions were rising in the communities, and it took one incident to release the rage of LA. Bradley Nowell and Sublime wrote the song “April 29, 1992,” to demonstrate the struggle of Los Angeles as a whole, rather than all of the riots being attributed to race related issues. When you think of civil rights being broken, the name Rodney King should come to mind. The night of March 3, 1991, King was being pursued by the Los Angeles Police in a high-speed car chase. Once the police caught up to King, four LAPD officers brutally beat him: Timothy Wind, Laurence Powell, Theodore Brinseno, and Stacey Koon. What made this encounter with excessive police force different than any other is that it was captured on video by an amateur videographer. The officers justified the beating saying, “He was under the influence of PCP and was very aggressive and violent.” The officers were soon indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and excessive use of force. The trial went on until April 29, 1992. The jury acquitted three of the four officers on the evidence that the video showing the beating was edited. The verdict was announced at 3:15
Soon thereafter Bradley and his mates had a following in the California area. they went commercial and signed with MCA Records. and 9. California came together to create the greatest ska band to ever roam this earth. while violence and terror prepped the table for the feast. By nightfall. and arson. and hip-hop. protestors surrounded the courthouse within 30 minutes. These albums could only be acquired at their live shows. and committing arson. Bradley had a
. Sublime released two albums: “40oz to Freedom” and “Robbin’ in the Hood”. Bradley was found dead from a heroine overdose (a battle he had been fighting for years). 1988 to be exact. rioting. May 26. where they established their unique blend of reggae. Due to the outrage of the Rodney King verdict. Under Bradley’s label. Buildings cooked for six days. It now seems like the tables have turned. “Sublime” ended up being a home run. and Bud Gaugh (drums). 1996. three misfits from Long Beach. Sublime.pm. halting the riots. In June of 1994. the United States Department of Justice reinstated the investigation. The members consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar).1 track for Modern Rock Chart. Late in the 80’s. the citizens of LA were rioting. looting. Kings famous words united LA. Eric Wilson (bass). ska. Sublime wasn’t well known in the early nineties. with “What I Got” stealing the No. two months before the release of their self-titled album under MCA Records. 2000 injured. punk. Eventually military was brought to the streets. Wind and Briseno were acquitted of all charges. “can’t we all just get along?” Numbers: more than 50 deaths. Skunk Records. as well as the album went five-times platinum. Powell and Koon were found guilty and sentenced to 32 months in prison. This new verdict seemed to set ease to the LA population.500 arrested for looting.
He was so happy how the track came out. Allegedly the members of Sublime took part in the looting and rioting. as vocalized in the hit “Date Rape”. 29. “April. there was no restriction to what he would project onto the page. “April 29. thirty subjects with bats trying to get inside the CP’s house… he thinks that they are trying to kill him”. His songs ranged from smoking two joints in the morning. 1992”. 1992” resonated with the California population because it explains the underlying factors of the Rodney King riots. flaming up good” as well as “Units.knack for turning stories into lyrics. to a date rape where the assailant gets what he deserves in jail. The first lyric that Bradley throws down is “April 26. and a furniture store. 1992” is the fifth track on “Sublime” and tells the side of the LA riots that was not shown by the media. Fresh. that he disregarded it. units be advised of an attempted 211 to arrest now at 938 Temple. describing a store being looted. 1992” opens with a recording of a concerned citizen calling 911. Not only was Bradley a storyteller. MC Ricky D. Bradley takes a break for one line to show a lighter side of the looting when he states. The recordings makes you feel like you are in the middle of the riot. Sublime used samples from Doug E. 9-3-8 Temple. “some kids went in a store with their
. “April 29. and two joints at night. music shop. There are several LAPD recordings throughout the track: “Call fire and tell them respond local station out to meet us at Anaheim. obviously this is the wrong date. proclaiming it in the lyrics: “There was a riot on streets/ tell me where were you?/ you were sitting at home watching your TV/ while I was participating in some anarchy” and goes on to talk about how they rob a liquor store. Just Ice. It’s uh. he messed up. and Mobb Deep to set the tone of the track. when Bradley was recording the song.
” The significance of the code is that the LA citizens are sick of the excessive abuse from the police. cities and yells. Blacks were portrayed as only being enraged about the verdict of the Rodney King trial. mothers could not afford diapers for her kids. it wasn’t about Rodney King/ in this fucked-up situation. black.e. and so she resulted to looting while she could. “LET IT BURN!” The first city that is named is Miami. In the last verse. However.S. 1-8-7 is the code that police use for “homicide. Bradley is explaining that if you were only watching what the media was sending out. What most don’t know. Bradley lists U. and these fuckedup police/ it’s about comin’ up and stayin’ on top/ and screaming 1-8-7 on a mother fuckin’ cop”. black v. every color came together to fight against police brutality. the media was broadcasting across the U. Hispanic v.” the cities he names are actually places that the band (Sublime) had run-ins with the law. but instead the rage that had been building up in every Los Angolan. you would assume that the riots were because of race related issues (i.” That line explains how bad the economy was in LA at the time. scenes of the riots. however. Korean). white v. in regards to Sublime’s relationship with the law.mother/ I saw her when she came out she was gettin’ some pampers. black. this is the most powerful string of words in the whole composition. like in Jim Morrison’s “Peace Frog. It may seem like Bradley made a mistake once again. As Bradley stated. is that
. The next lyric suggests that the riots were not about the color of your skin. “They said it was for the black man/ they said it was for the Mexican/ and not for the white man/ but if you look at the streets.S. and attributing the cause to race wars. as Bradley states. The last verse slams the last nail into the coffin.
South Central has a high percentage of minorities.there were underlying factors to the riots that did include race issues. rich. and the economy. the Rodney King verdict detonated it.S Justice Department would reinvestigate the Rodney King beatings. Los Angeles has numerous sub cities and communities. that made it difficult for the city to come together as one.” they were intending to show the real factors of the riots. 30% of the inhabitants in South Central lived below the poverty line according to a study in 1990. and a low percentage of whites. 1992. The demographics of each area depicted different problems and reasons to riot. the media plays off the ignorance of the United States population. This was a victory in the eyes of political and civil activists. The LA riots of 1992 shadowed the infamous 1965-Watts riots. black v. That afternoon. Problems ranged from one end of the spectrum to the other depending on the demographic of the community. The media in the United States seem to always be drawn to conflicts of race. Whether it is the Rodney King beatings or the Trayvon Martin shooting. poor v. Koreans. black. who were unhappy with their
. but was not limited to. the rally was followed by the announcement that the U. The LA riots were the first time the whole city came together for a cause. where there had been racial and economic problems for years. On the forth day of the riots. military was deployed to bring a stop to the violence. Los Angeles was a ticking time bomb. When Sublime wrote “April 29. The riots started in South Central. These factors included: white v. the riots were simply citizens. making racial issues more apparent. 30. There was no “race wars”.000 Los Angolans attended a peace rally. black and Hispanic v. police.
coming together to make a difference. In the end. were the riots justified? That is for you to deicide.government.
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