Thurzday Speaks on LA RIOT Album
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
May 16, 2011
On the 20th anniversary year of the Rodney King beating and ensuing outburst in the streets, Thurzday released his L.A. RIOT album. A guerrilla marketing campaign documented the transformation of his face into the swollen bruised flesh of a police brutality victim.
The rapper’s first solo project apart from U-N-I was fed by the input of fans, incorporating the feedback he prompted of his followers to submit stories of their Los Angeles, and his own memories of the consequent eruption when the jury acquitted unwarranted police violence upon Rodney King and the Black community. He was only six or seven years old, but he recalled driving through South Central when the citizens’ outrage turned to outbreak, “And when we got home, I saw footage of my mom’s car on the news when we were in the car trying to get through it.”
Rather than a literal incarnation of the LA riots, Thurzday described his album to HipHopDX as a testament to its energy, “It’s a riot in music, a riot in art.” He plans to release a documentary which will feature the research uncovered through his talks with Gary Williams of the “L.A. Four” and retrospective dialogue with the area’s residents.