Louder Than A Riot

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NPR

Louder Than A Riot

5.0/5

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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 ga...


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Liam Hess • Vogue Oct 28, 2021

"...it’s hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden’s ability to link these specific cases with the bigger picture of how the U.S. justice system, racism, and rap culture are all depressingly entwined that makes Louder Than a Riot required listening."

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Score: 5

Emma Carey • Esquire Sep 20, 2021

"...delivering some of the most incisive and pertinent investigative journalism in the podcast game. The series comes complete with a playlist of the songs used in each episode as a tool for analysis, and features an inside look at the music industry, prison industrial complex, and their intersections in a way that is as thoughtful as it is impactful."

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Score: 4.9

Dan Schank • Erie Reader Feb 18, 2021

"If you resist podcasts out of an aversion to meandering chatter, there's almost none of it in Louder Than a Riot. Its hosts provide a nice range of perspectives as well. If you consider music an essential mirror to the culture that produced it, this is the podcast for you."

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Score: 5

Hannah Verdier • The Guardian Nov 20, 2020

"This superlative hip-hop podcast promises to “trace the collision of rhyme and punishment in America”, and it does so in detail...with thoughtful contributions from big hitters such as Killer Mike."

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