DJ Quik & Big Hutch Discuss 1992 Los Angeles Riots

Twenty years after the the 1992 Civil Unrest, DJ Quik and Big Hutch provide their perspectives.

On April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted four Los Angeles Police Department officers of Rodney King, a black man, after a high-speed pursuit.

Nearly 20 years to the day later, DJ Quik and Above the Law's Big Hutch weighed in on the subject in an interview with KJLH's Dominique Di Prima.

"I think, to us, it was actually happening, but hadn't broke open," said Hutch of that era. "The climate of what built up to that was [the result of what was already] going on."

"Any organization is only as strong as its leader," reflected Quik. "All the LAPD officers of that era were only doing what they were told to do. And they were being told by a cowboy. A reckless cowboy mafioso," said Quik of Daryl Gates, the controversial Chief of the LAPD at the time of the Rodney King beating and riots.

The question was posed whether a similar uprising could occur today. "No," said Quik. "The playing field is a lot more level. It's a little better communication between police and civilians. I don't think it's gonna happen."

"Why would we want that to happen again, anyway?" added the emcee and producer. "What the total outcome of it was - we burned our own stuff down."

Listen to the interview on bigshotmusic.net.

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  • Anonymous

    The riots themselves had nothing to do with King, because let's face it. Nobody thought this guy was an upstanding citizen. His beatdown merely served as the excuse for mobs of people to loot, steal and injure others. The thing about bad cops is you can always replace them, but the mentality of certain people? That will always linger until it happens again somewhere else.

  • Jason

    oh their still cowboys for the most part trust me. its always just gonna be a check to most therefore no ears!! and yeah they shoulve went to their stomping grounds lol.

  • NA SON

    I agree with Cold 187 but not Quik, orders or no orders, it was a bullshit thing to do to an unarmed civilian...

  • Mr Flamboyant

    "Why would we want that to happen again, anyway?" added the emcee and producer. "What the total outcome of it was - we burned our own stuff down." Exactly. And someone still hasn't spoken on just why this happened and not a place such as Melrose, Hollywood, La Brea, Brentwood, etc instead of destroying the very place they're from and the enemy wasn't.

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