Alarmed by the rising reputation of rap amongst Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin desires cultural leaders to plan a method of controlling, moderately than banning, the favored music.
Putin says “whether it is unimaginable to cease, then we should lead it and direct it.”
But Putin stated at a St. Petersburg assembly with cultural advisers Saturday (Dec. 15) that makes an attempt to ban artists from performing can have an hostile impact and bolster their reputation.
Putin famous that “rap is predicated on three pillars: intercourse, medicine and protest.” But he's notably involved with drug themes prevalent in rap, saying “it is a path to the degradation of the nation.”
He stated “drug propaganda” is worse than cursing.
Putin’s feedback come amid a crackdown on modern music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the humanities.
Last month, a rapper generally known as Husky, whose movies have garnered greater than 6 million views on YouTube, was arrested after he staged an impromptu efficiency when his present was shut down within the southern Russian metropolis of Krasnodar.
The 25-year-old rapper, identified for his lyrics about poverty, corruption and police brutality, was making ready to take to the stage on Nov. 21 when native prosecutors warned the venue that his act had components of what they termed “extremism.”
Husky climbed onto a automotive, surrounded by a whole bunch of followers, and chanted “I'll sing my music, probably the most trustworthy music!” earlier than he was taken away by police.
On Nov. 30, rapper Gone.Fludd introduced two live performance cancelations, citing strain from “each police company you possibly can think about,” whereas the favored hip-hop artist Allj cancelled his present within the Arctic metropolis of Yakutsk after receiving threats of violence.
Other artists have been affected as nicely — pop sensation Monetochka and punk band Friendzona have been amongst those that had their live shows shut down by the authorities final month.