6 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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    • 4.0 • 1.3K Ratings

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.

    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
    The Camouflage Assassin: Mac Phipps (Pt 1)

    The Camouflage Assassin: Mac Phipps (Pt 1)

    Over the next 3 episodes, we examine the story of Mac Phipps, one of No Limit Records' fallen soldiers, whose lyrics were used against him in court.

    • 57 min
    The Conspiracy Against Hip-Hop

    The Conspiracy Against Hip-Hop

    Why are hip-hop and mass incarceration so entangled in America? How did they become that way? A mysterious letter sends us back in time to find out.

    • 51 min
    Louder Than A Riot: Coming Thursday, October 8

    Louder Than A Riot: Coming Thursday, October 8

    Bobby Shmurda. Nipsey Hussle. Mac Phipps. DJ Drama. What happens when hip-hop stars come into contact with the criminal justice system?

    • 2 min
    Introducing: Louder Than A Riot

    Introducing: Louder Than A Riot

    From NPR Music, Louder Than A Riot traces the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden investigate the criminal justice system through the experiences of rap artists. Episodes available starting Thursday, October 8.

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

razzumitos ,

History & current events tell a story about rap and criminal justice

Great podcast. Mixes history & current events and tells a compelling story about rap and the criminal justice system.

1997Wildcat ,

Free Mac!

Man…this podcast just keeps delivering on its promise of stories of rhyme and punishment. I bought almost everything No Limit put out in the 90’s and had no idea who the real people were behind their personas. If rappers get locked up for their lyrics then why don’t horror film directors and writers get locked up too? So much injustice for emcees.

beccajbird ,

Important

This is an important discussion and I’m glad it’s being so well told. I just binged the first three episodes so now can’t wait to listen to the next ones.

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