Louder Than A Riot: The Collision of Rhyme and Punishment Bobby Shmurda. Nipsey Hussle. Mac Phipps. DJ Drama. What happens when hip-hop stars come into contact with the criminal justice system? In Louder Than A Riot, a new podcast from NPR Music, hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden explore the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration through the stories of artists at the center.
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Louder Than A Riot: Coming Thursday, October 8

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Louder Than A Riot: Coming Thursday, October 8

Louder Than A Riot: Coming Thursday, October 8

Louder Than A Riot: Coming Thursday, October 8

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Hip-hop fans know that Bobby Shmurda, DJ Drama, Mac Phipps and Nipsey Hussle all have one thing in common — they've solidified their spots in rap history. But they've also all come into contact with one of America's most powerful forces: the criminal justice system.

Louder Than A Riot is a new podcast from NPR Music that traces the collision of rhyme and punishment. How did RICO laws turn Bobby Shmurda from Hot Boy to convicted felon? Did bias against rap lyrics seal the fate of No Limit soldier Mac Phipps? How did the Gangsta Grillz mixtape raid criminalize the game forever?

Hosts Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden investigate these stories through the artists at the center, as well as the fans, industry insiders, law enforcement officials and journalists involved.

Episodes available starting Thursday, October 8.

Follow Louder Than A Riot on Twitter @LouderThanARiot.