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Friday, November 17, 2023
NPR's Rodney Carmichael speaks with André 3000 about his new album New Blue Sun.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Ahead of a return to music, the outrageous half of OutKast about talks his first album in 17 years, his wild ayahuasca trip and why he gets so many requests to play flute at funerals.
Friday, November 10, 2023
Themes emerge quickly when you dig into the nominations for the 66th Grammy Awards. The major categories are dominated by women and seemingly up for grabs; elsewhere, progress is not always so clear.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
The show has always been the biggest dedicated stage for hip-hop. In the year of its 50th anniversary, with chatter of its demise looming, how do those in the building see things?
Thursday, June 01, 2023
The unwritten rules of rap unpacked in Louder's second season are held together by a scarcity principle that came to define the show itself. As it draws to a close, the team reflects on its mission.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
How young is too young to talk to your kids about rap? For a Louder co-host, the arrival of a Biggie-loving toddler changed everything about how he hears hip-hop — especially women's place within it.
Thursday, May 04, 2023
In 2016, a rift between hitmakers showed the limits of rap's tolerance for rule-breakers. As Mark Anthony Neal explains, "authentic" Black masculinity has always been a moving target in hip-hop.
Thursday, April 06, 2023
Like her idol Trina two decades earlier, Latto saw her creativity open up when she started rapping explicitly about sex. But with her frankness came harsh new standards to live up to.
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Rapper Doechii hoped her video "Crazy" would make a statement by presenting her nude body as a vessel of power, not sex. YouTube saw things differently.
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Not everyone who was part of rap's ascent gets included in its story. MC Sha-Rock, of the original Funky 4 and the Funky 4 + 1, reaffirms her role in hip-hop's formative years as the first woman MC.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
In hip-hop, unwritten rules have forced Black women and queer artists to fight for space. Can the genre's rule-breakers push their way to the center, while pushing the culture forward?
Saturday, November 05, 2022
Takeoff, who was one-third of the rap group, Migos, died earlier this week after being shot in Houston, Texas.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Ayesha Rascoe talks with Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael of NPR's Louder Than A Riot about the RICO charges against Young Thug and the wider intersection of criminal justice and hip-hop.
Friday, May 13, 2022
The new album by hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar is called Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers and is out Friday. It's been more than 5 years since his last album.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
The co-host of Louder Than a Riot shares his favorite hip-hop albums and podcasts of 2021.
Friday, December 10, 2021
Backed by a four-piece band, the Chicago-bred MC plays a Tiny Desk home concert that simmers with soul.
Friday, April 23, 2021
The rapper and producer who animated the Bay Area crew had a huge hit in 1990 with "The Humpty Dance," introduced the world to Tupac Shakur and was a foundational figure in West Coast hip-hop.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
News of DMX's condition prompted an outpouring of prayer and support on social media from fans and celebrities, including rappers Missy Elliott, Rick Ross, Ja Rule, Ice T and Chance the Rapper.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Rodney Carmichael talks with Cole Cuchna, the host of Dissect, about the focus for his podcast's new season: Kanye West's divisive, career-pivoting 2013 album Yeezus.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Since the 1990s, police and prosecutors have used lyrics to build criminal cases against rap artists. It's a practice that blurs the distinction between entertainment and criminal confession.