15 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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    • True Crime
    • 4.2 • 2.6K 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.

    Presenting: On Our Watch

    Presenting: On Our Watch

    What happens to police officers who use excessive force, tamper with evidence or sexually harass someone? In California, internal affairs investigations were kept secret from the public — until a recent transparency law unsealed thousands of files. On Our Watch is a limited-run podcast from NPR and KQED that brings you into the rooms where officers are interrogated and witnesses are questioned to find out who the system of police accountability really serves, and who it protects.

    • 48 min
    21 Years and 1 Day: Mac Phipps (Exclusive)

    21 Years and 1 Day: Mac Phipps (Exclusive)

    We finally speak with rapper Mac Phipps following his recent clemency hearing. What does justice look like after he's spent half his life in prison?

    • 47 min
    Making Revolution Irresistible

    Making Revolution Irresistible

    As Yo Gotti and Jay-Z work to reform prisons, Noname and Mariame Kaba imagine how hip-hop could help abolish prisons completely.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Captured By The Game: Nipsey Hussle

    Captured By The Game: Nipsey Hussle

    Why did law enforcement praise Nipsey Hussle publicly, but brand him a gang member privately? And how did that cause another man's parole violation?

    • 1 hr 5 min
    'Prison To Prison Pipeline': Isis Tha Saviour

    'Prison To Prison Pipeline': Isis Tha Saviour

    A former ward of the state who gave birth while imprisoned, Philly rapper Isis Tha Saviour uses hip-hop to transform her trauma into freedom.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

Mike in Jeff Park ,

Well Done

Based on the Snap Judgement plug, Just binged the 3-parter on Bobby Shmurda who I’d never heard of before, Compelling story, well resourced and well reported. However, I was struck in episode 2 by the false dichotomy of the heartbreak of Bryan’s mother and her call for individual accountability from the men who killed her son and the narrator’s squishy recitation of societal and economic “violence” as perhaps excusing their heinous and cowardly actions. I don’t dispute that the SYSTEM is in place, but I didn’t hear enough evidence to support the argument that the SYSTEM was the root cause of this particular tragedy. My prayers go out to Bryan’s mom, girlfriend and brother. I would have liked to know him.

dstep001 ,

Brilliant!

One of the best podcasts I have ever come across. I heard about it from another podcast and the topic intrigued me. So raw, real, honest and human. Bless up.

Country Ryder ,

Good podcasts bad marketing

I find it very annoying that you use the covers for older podcasts on new ones. More than once you have fooled me and I clicked on one I liked only to find it was one I wasn’t interested in. I think your podcasts are good enough that you don’t need to engage in deception.

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