Vladimir Putin Wants to “Control” Rap Music In Russia
According to the NY Post, Vladimir Putin reportedly wants to control and steer Hip-Hop music in Russia.
Over the past several months, dozens of rap shows have been canceled by Russian authorities. Russian born artists are reportedly being harassed and threatened with fines and jail for trying to perform rap music in the country. Vladimir Putin, who has been known to breakdance in the past, hosted a roundtable discussion where he recognized the power of Hip Hop and how it can heavily influence the people of Russia.
“If it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it,” Putin reportedly said.
He also adds, “rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest” but he issued a stern warning against drug-themed rap, which could lead to the “degradation of the nation.” So Russia is reportedly offering grants to rappers to “help” them promote their careers. There is even a new competition to make the best rap song about traveling in Russia.