Louder Than A Riot Stories of rhyme and punishment that illuminate the long, interconnected rise of two American institutions: hip-hop and mass incarceration.

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Rhyme and Punishment In America

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Before he was a teenager, Mac Phipps already had a record deal. By the time he was 20 he was signed to No Limit Records, the biggest independent label in the country. At 24, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 30 years in prison following the shooting death of a man at one of his concerts, a crime of which he maintains he did not commit. Sheila Phipps hide caption

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