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In Podcast Finale, 'Louder Than A Riot' Looks At Prison Reform

Saturday, December 19, 2020

NPR Music's Louder than a Riot has been doing a deep dive into the stories of rappers that highlight inequalities in the way this country addresses crime and punishment.

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'I Want Us To Dream A Little Bigger': Noname And Mariame Kaba On Art And Abolition

Saturday, December 19, 2020

What role can hip-hop play in reforming — or entirely dismantling — mass incarceration? Rapper Noname and activist Mariame Kaba joined Louder Than A Riot to discuss making revolution irresistible.

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Caught In The System

Saturday, December 12, 2020

When rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed in 2019, he was known as an advocate for the people in the neighborhood where he grew up and made his name. But the LAPD couldn't let his gang affiliation go.

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Montage Of A Dream Deferred

Saturday, November 28, 2020

In 2014, Bobby Shmurda aimed for a rap career and landed in prison. As the end of his sentence approaches, so do new questions about what happened, and who else paid a price.

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'Louder Than A Riot' Podcast Finds Evidence Rapper Mac Might Be Innocent

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Rapper McKinley "Mac" Phipps was sentenced to 30 years for allegedly killing a fan at one of his shows. NPR podcast Louder Than a Riot explores new evidence that Mac is likely innocent.

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The Raid That Changed Rap

Thursday, October 29, 2020

When federal agents raided DJ Drama's studio in 2007 over his Gangsta Grillz empire, he became a martyr for mixtape culture. In many ways, it never recovered.

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'My Dream Was Being Used Against Me In Court'

Friday, October 23, 2020

Mac Phipps was a rising star of New Orleans rap when he was convicted of a killing he insists he did not commit. Two decades later, he is still fighting for his freedom and his art.

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How Law Enforcement Has Historically Targeted Hip-Hop Artists

Friday, October 09, 2020

NPR's new podcast Louder Than A Riot looks at the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration.

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Power, Protest And Paranoia

Thursday, October 08, 2020

The links between hip-hop and the prison system are on display in laws and lyrics stretching back decades. If you're caught between these two American institutions, it might look like a trap.

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'The South Got Something To Say' Is A Celebratory Canon Of Southern Rap

Friday, August 07, 2020

NPR Music has launched The South Got Something To Say, a canon of Southern hip-hop. Its creator, critic Briana Younger, and NPR's Rodney Carmichael explained the project on All Things Considered.

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Sampling Ain't Dead: Hip-Hop Producers Break Down The Formula

Thursday, April 30, 2020

NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael breaks down what he learned making The Formula, a video series in which five of hip-hop's best producers discuss the alchemy of sampling.

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'You Just Get Written Off': One Inmate On Life On Rikers During The Pandemic

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Rikers Island jail in New York City is currently in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. Inmate Daryl Campbell is currently under quarantine and shares his experience.

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Baby Rose: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, February 10, 2020

At 25, she mixes the bluesy melisma of Nina Simone and the deep register of Sarah Vaughan — two of her influences — with songwriting as devastating as her delivery.

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The 2020 Grammys: How Much Weight Can One Awards Show Carry?

Monday, January 27, 2020

In a ceremony that front-loaded performances by women and black artists, mixed messages sparked both cynicism and cautious hope.

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From Dixie Chicks To Rihanna: Our Music Predictions For 2020

Monday, January 06, 2020

NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael discuss albums they're looking forward to, as well as the artists they're begging to come back.

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9 Afro Dystopian Rap Albums As Dark And Droll As 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A lot of the rap that felt worth listening to in 2019 was hard to listen to — full of sonic dissonance and emotional distance, and pregnant with a particularly black depiction of dystopia.

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Raphael Saadiq: Tiny Desk Concert

Thursday, December 05, 2019

The godfather of 21st century soul electrified NPR's Tiny Desk Fest audience, with a little help from rising R&B star Lucky Daye.

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Mereba: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A nomadic storyteller with a cross-genre style ranging from folk to rap, Mereba slays the devil in her solo set behind the Desk.

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Dave: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, November 08, 2019

The British rapper made a trip all the way from the UK just for this Tiny Desk performance and powered through a set that made the personal political.

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Tiny Desk Fest: Thursday Night

Monday, October 28, 2019

Watch live at 7 p.m. ET on Halloween to see a Grammy-winning R&B star perform a Tiny Desk concert.

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