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)
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.
What a great education!
This was more than an education! “Rap is our jazz”, I felt that! Thank you! Keep up the good work
This podcast is garbage. God, NPR is now full of woke BS.