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André 3000 on his new album, the first in 17 years

Friday, November 17, 2023

NPR's Rodney Carmichael speaks with André 3000 about his new album New Blue Sun.


Exclusive: André 3000 opens up about 'New Blue Sun,' his daring new solo album

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.


2024 Grammy Nominations: A guide to the best, worst and most surprising nominees

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.


Juking the stats, and the state of rap, at the 2023 BET Hip-Hop Awards

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?


'Waiting for change is not an option'

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.


'He gon' get these beats 'n' rhymes'

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.


'Thugs don't dance'

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.


'When I changed as a woman, my music changed'

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.


'I'm coming to y'all with no armor'

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.


'You gotta fight and fight and fight for your legacy'

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.


Louder Than A Riot: Season 2

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?


Migos rapper Takeoff's legacy

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Takeoff, who was one-third of the rap group, Migos, died earlier this week after being shot in Houston, Texas.


The charges against Young Thug build on a growing trend of criminalizing rap crews

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.


Kendrick Lamar uses his grief-fueled new album to reveal just how human he is

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.


Rodney Carmichael

Thursday, December 16, 2021

The co-host of Louder Than a Riot shares his favorite hip-hop albums and podcasts of 2021.


Mick Jenkins: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Friday, December 10, 2021

Backed by a four-piece band, the Chicago-bred MC plays a Tiny Desk home concert that simmers with soul.


Shock G, Leader Of Hip-Hop's Digital Underground, Dies At 57

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.


Rapper DMX Is On Life Support At New York Hospital After Heart Attack

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.


Dissecting Kanye West's Turning Point, In Microscopic Detail

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.


The Racist Roots Of Rap On Trial

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.