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