The Louder Than A Riot podcast reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Hosted by NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, the podcast explores rappers’ dealings with the criminal justice system throughout generations. From Nipsey Hustle, to Mac Dre and Bobby Shmurda each episode explores an artist’s story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately (and disappointingly) impacts Black America.
Carmichael and Madden do a great job informing listeners of the deep-rooted racial statics within the criminal system, with stories that weave in with today’s cultural issues. 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.
Fascinating, timely, highly recommend. The different angles, the stories/personal accounts, and going from the “old” to”new” hip-hop. Besides the artists themselves, they interview hip-hop historians, investigative journalists, legal experts, sociologists and psychologists to cover every base.
The podcast is made with hip-hop fans in mind, and pays homage to early hip-hop audio storytellers. To say an exploration of hip-hop and mass incarceration is an understatement. The ties are too close and the issue too important to be ignored. So if you are looking for major substance with your hip-hop, check out the Louder Than A Riot podcast.
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