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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, October 09, 2020
NPR's new podcast Louder Than A Riot looks at the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, January 27, 2020
In a ceremony that front-loaded performances by women and black artists, mixed messages sparked both cynicism and cautious hope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.