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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    • 4.0 • 1.9K 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.

    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

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

carlgood1 ,

Simply brilliant. And troubling.

Great first hand journalism - this isn’t some ambitionless wondery reading a story out loud in a studio type joint.

I appreciate the thoroughness of coverage on each thread - and the way in which they’re woven into a larger pattern reminds me of The Wire.

I wrote a critical review early on but kept listening - and I’m awfully glad I did. I admire the breadth and depth of your ambition podcast crew.

And props to NPR for supporting such a deep dive. Long form Spotlight type journalism like this is so rare now.

Gypsybvw ,

What a great education!

This was more than an education! “Rap is our jazz”, I felt that! Thank you! Keep up the good work

maddox blows ,

Garbage

This podcast is garbage. God, NPR is now full of woke BS.

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