Louder Than A Riot

Louder Than A Riot

Louder Than A Riot

CATEGORY: Music
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.
  1. September 16, 2020
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    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…
  2. October 01, 2020
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    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?
  3. October 08, 2020
    51 min
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    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.
  4. October 08, 2020
    57 min
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    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.
  5. October 15, 2020
    56 min
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    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?
  6. October 22, 2020
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    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?
  7. October 29, 2020
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    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.
  8. November 05, 2020
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    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.
  9. November 12, 2020
    45 min
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    '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.
  10. November 19, 2020
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    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.
  11. December 03, 2020
    1 hr 4 min
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    '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.
  12. December 10, 2020
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    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?
  13. December 16, 2020
    1 hr 8 min
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    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.
  14. March 12, 2021
    47 min
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    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?
  15. June 01, 2021
    48 min
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    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 transpa…

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