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ABOUT THIS EPISODE – ‘Prison To Prison Pipeline:’ Isis Tha Saviour
Hip-hop loves a hero’s come-up, but the culture often has a hard time seeing women as heroes. Two years ago, when Louder Than A Riot editor Chiquita Paschal discovered she had a sister — who rapped — she quickly saw how that double standard can take shape. Chiquita’s sister is Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter, aka Philly rapper Isis Tha Saviour. In this episode, Chiquita takes us on Mary’s hero’s journey — from her time as a ward of the state to finding her voice in rap. And together, they delve into incarceration’s ripple effects on families like theirs, and how hip-hop can help transform trauma into freedom.

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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ARTWORK by Dale Edwin Murray

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