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Hip-hop emerged from the voices of the unheard. But freedom doesn't ring the same for everyone. Inside all corners of the culture, Black women and queer folk have dealt with the same oppression the music was built to escape. Season 2 of Louder Than A Riot examines who hip-hop marginalizes, and how misogynoir — the specific racist misogyny against Black women — is embedded into the fabric of the culture that we love.
From Rico Nasty facing harassment from toxic fans, to Saucy Santana's unapologetically femme aesthetics in a queerphobic industry, to the assault case that put Megan Thee Stallion's image on trial, each episode of Louder Than A Riot unpacks the unspoken rules of rap that discriminate against a select few and have held the entire culture back.
Hosted by NPR Music's Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael, Louder Than A Riot confronts power from every angle – from the power the genre wields over its artists, to the power plays that its rulebreakers take in order to get heard. In the midst of a so-called Renaissance for women in rap, these stories reveal a rot at the core of the culture that reflects how voices, bodies, and rights are still policed in America.

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Watch the queen conquer: MC Lyte, Quay Dash, the cast of 'Rap Sh!t'

55m · Published 01 Jun 09:00
In the first nine episodes of our season, Louder has tackled the unwritten rules of rap. For the finale, we dig into the root of all those rules: the scarcity mindset. It's the belief that access and resources are so limited for those marginalized in hip-hop that you need to fight tooth and nail for them, and that only one can make it to the top at a time. And the Louder team says goodbye, as scarcity comes for our own podcast.

Like poppa, like son: Rodney Carmichael

56m · Published 25 May 09:00
For Louder host Rodney Carmichael, interrogating misogynoir in hip-hop means confronting some hard questions — as a man, and especially as a father. As Rodney thinks about raising the next generation without replicating his mistakes, he's looking more closely at how hip-hop shaped his definition of masculinity. On this episode, something a little different: part meditation, part conversation — between Rodney and writers Kiese Laymon and Jamilah Lemieux — about beats, rhymes and life.

What doesn't kill you makes you a strong Black woman: Rico Nasty

50m · Published 18 May 09:00
Rico Nasty's music creates a haven for heavy emotions. And in a world that paints Black girls showing any emotion as too much, having a place to release anger and anxiety is essential. But when Rico joined the 2021 Playboi Carti tour, his fans harassed her repeatedly and that safety was stripped away. On this episode, we talk with Rico about keeping a brave face, hear from a fan who was there in the crowd, and ask: When the outlet for your anger is shut down, how do you get your power back?

Stay in your lane, shawty: Saucy Santana

45m · Published 11 May 09:00
Saucy Santana is part of a new wave of queer artists pushing back against stale standards in hip-hop. Bolstered by the reach of short sound bites on TikTok, the "Material Girl" rapper is not shy about rocking a beat face, trimmed beard, acrylic nails and booty shorts that have become his calling card. But in an industry that values marketability and reinforces masculinity to a toxic level, how can femme-presenting gay men sidestep from being considered viral jokes to become undeniable stars?

Real n****s go hard (pause, no homo): iLoveMakonnen

55m · Published 04 May 09:00
How has hip-hop affected perceptions of Black masculinity? We unpack that question through the story of iLoveMakonnen, a rapper who has navigated different realms of masculinity his entire life, and faced backlash from the industry for being unapologetically himself.

If you see something, say nothing: Kim Osorio v. 'The Source'

59m · Published 27 Apr 09:00
In 2006, Kim Osorio, the editor-in-chief of The Source, sued the magazine and its owners for workplace sexual harassment. Nearly two decades later, hip-hop still has not had a true reckoning around sexual misconduct. In this episode, former Source writers take us behind the scenes at the hip-hop bible and the environment that led to the suit. And activist Tarana Burke, creator of "Me Too," reflects on how this case could have put hip-hop ahead of the curve on reckoning with misogynoir.

Introducing: 'Broken Record' from Pushkin Industries

54m · Published 20 Apr 09:00
We don't have a new episode of Louder Than A Riot this week. Instead, we are using our mid-season break to introduce you to a podcast we love: Broken Record from Pushkin Industries. Hosted by Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond Broken Record explores the craft and legacy of musicians. Today we're sharing Rick Rubin's conversation with one of the most innovative artists in music, Missy Elliot. This year Missy was recognized as having more platinum albums than any other female rapper and she is also the first female MC to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. We hope you enjoy hearing more about her life and career on Broken Record.

An update on Episode 5: if you see something, say nothing

1m · Published 13 Apr 21:30
Louder was planning to drop a new episode this morning about a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and workplace discrimination at The Source magazine in the early 2000s. But, because of circumstances beyond our control, we need to delay it. Our next episode drops on April 27. Listen for our full statement on the status of Rule No. 5.

It ain't trickin' if you got it: Trina, Trick Daddy and Latto

57m · Published 06 Apr 09:00
How did the "bad bitch" replace the "ride or die chick" in hip-hop? In this episode we talk to the original baddest herself, Trina, about how her career flipped the script on dusty old stereotypes of Black women in rap, and left men down bad. We also sit down with Trick Daddy, the man that put her on, to hear how he feels to see her shining; and check in with Latto, a rapper carrying the torch that Trina set aflame 25 years ago.

Introducing: 'Back Issue' from Pineapple Street Studios

4m · Published 04 Apr 09:00
We're sharing something special with you from a friend of the show. Back Issue is a show that reminisces on moments in pop culture's past that have shaped our present. Each episode brings personal reflection, incredible guests and plenty of deep belly laughs. Our homie, Josh Gwynn, is a fire host, and has invited some very special guest co-hosts to share their perspective on some of the most formative stories in pop culture.

Louder Than A Riot has 30 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 22:26:45. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on March 26th 2023. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on March 26th, 2024 07:18.

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