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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.


'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.


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.


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.


Mulatto: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Rap Game champion and self-proclaimed "Queen Of Da Souf" performs three songs for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.


'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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.


Diana Gordon: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The singer-songwriter channels Whitney Houston, Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan in her Tiny Desk quarantine concert.


Heat Check: Underrated And Elevating

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Whether stealthy rotation faves or creatives re-introducing themselves, this week's Heat Check head-nods the musical stalwarts who deserve flowers mid-climb.


Heat Check: Can't Get It For Free

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

In a week of rapid headlines and surprise releases, these tracks from City Girls, Noname, Anderson .Paak and more attempt to restore the feeling without disregarding reality.


Heat Check: Bigger Picture

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Whether it's a trap anthem for the protests or a tale of petty personal betrayal, this week's Heat Check considers the bigger picture.


KIRBY: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Thursday, June 11, 2020

You've heard this Mississippi songwriter multiple times on HBO's Insecure this season. Now watch her perform live as part of our Tiny Desk quarantine series.


Baby Rose: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

One of our favorite new artists of 2019 shares a new song as part of her Tiny Desk quarantine concert.


Heat Check: Reportin' Live From The Other Side

Monday, June 08, 2020

New tracks From Meek Mill, Tee Grizzley and Dua Saleh soundtrack the renewed surge of energy surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.


Finding Connection And Comfort In Livestream Concerts During Quarantine

Monday, June 01, 2020

NPR Music correspondents Ann Powers and Sidney Madden recommend a few favorite livestreaming performance series to check out while in-person concerts are on hold.


Heat Check: 'Black Joy Is Radical'

Monday, June 01, 2020

To celebrate radical Black joy in a time of great pain, here's a round-up of new tracks from the worlds of jazz, R&B and rap, all to remind you that they can't hijack happiness.


Heat Check: Got A Big Ego

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Amaarae comes through with fire and Dijon breaks the mold of song structure. These are the new tracks putting names on the swirl of unfamiliar emotions.