10 episodes

Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. Louder Than A Riot reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America. Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, this podcast is invested in power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game.

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Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. Louder Than A Riot reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America. Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, this podcast is invested in power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game.

    My Brother's Keeper: Bobby Shmurda (Pt 3)

    My Brother's Keeper: Bobby Shmurda (Pt 3)

    Bobby Shmurda faces a dilemma: Go for self, or go for crew. We talk to lawyers on both sides of court and the rapper himself about his infamous case.

    • 59 min
    'Stay In The House': Bobby Shmurda (Pt 2)

    'Stay In The House': Bobby Shmurda (Pt 2)

    What does a fatal shooting reveal about Bobby Shmurda's viral summer smash? This is the story of "Hot N****" that lingers between the lyrics.

    • 45 min
    The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda (Pt 1)

    The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda (Pt 1)

    Over the next three episodes, we go behind the headlines of Bobby Shmurda's story: his rise, his fall and the price he paid for the bonds of brotherhood.

    • 52 min
    The Day The Mixtape Died: DJ Drama

    The Day The Mixtape Died: DJ Drama

    How a law aimed at the mob turned mixtapes from cultural innovation to criminal conspiracy. Meet the man who took the fall when the cops came knocking.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Outsmarting The Devil: Mac Phipps (Pt 3)

    Outsmarting The Devil: Mac Phipps (Pt 3)

    Prisoner exploitation. Sexual assault allegations. What do ripples in Mac's case two decades after the verdict say about liberty and justice for all?

    • 1 hr
    Lyrics On Trial: Mac Phipps (Pt 2)

    Lyrics On Trial: Mac Phipps (Pt 2)

    "A bullet in your brain." What right does the justice system have to decide whether a rapper's words are imagination or intent to kill?

    • 56 min

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