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ABOUT THIS EPISODE – “Lyrics On Trial: Mac Phipps (Pt 2)”
“A bullet in your brain.” What right does the justice system have to decide whether a rapper’s words are imagination or intent to kill? In this continuation of Mac Phipps’ story, police pressure witnesses, while prosecutors use the artist’s own lyrics to build a murder case against him. And Mac isn’t the first: From a century-old folk tune to Ice-T’s “Cop Killer,” we examine the history of policing Black creativity to reveal a phenomenon that’s become common practice in courtrooms — using lyrics as Exhibit A.
WHAT’S LOUDER THAN A RIOT?
Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. Louder Than A Riot reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist’s story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America. Hosted by NPR Music’s Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, this podcast is invested in power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game.
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VIDEO by Renee Klahr
ARTWORK by Dale Edwin Murray
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