Hip Hop is a worldwide phenomenon with a global audience. Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin, is not a fan and has declared war on hip-hop. Putin had the following to say about the musical genre that got its start in the Bronx:
Rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest,” which will lead to “the degradation of the nation.”
All across Russia, venue owners and local authorities have been cancelling hip-hop acts from performing. One of Russia’s more popular rappers, Husky, was even arrested after his show was cancelled. Husky jumped on top of his car chanting “I will sing my music, the most honest music!” before cops took him away.
Putin acknowledged that rap may be an unbeatable foe by saying, “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it.” Yeah, good luck with that.
Bronx-born artist Kurtis Blow even chimed in on the controversy stating that Putin should “rethink his policy” because it will “fuel the fire of the resistance in his country.” People, he added, “don’t want to be silenced.”