ST. PETERSBURG (Dagbladet): The Russian rap-culture is about to grow big and strong. With its harsh description of the growing conditions in an often brutal and violent world, it is also in the process of becoming a counter culture, where the critical votes are going to speak up. After that the local authorities in the autumn, has closed a number of rap concerts, probably show because they do not accept the content of the lyrics that be carried forward, then came Vladimir Putin in the weekend on the track, apparently as rappernes friend.
- It is impossible to stop something, you have to take responsibility for it. How to do this, how to take responsibility and lead in the required direction, there is the important question, " said Putin on national TELEVISION.
Russian president take therefore, called for some need to tame the "wild and wayward rappen, and lead it into smoother political waters. The triggering factor of this drama is that the authorities in Krasnodar in Southern Russia a few weeks ago cancelled a concert featuring rapper Husky. When he and the audience were chased out of the venue, jumped Husky up on a on the roof, and continued the concert there, in front of the eyes of the ever-more enthusiastic fans. That was until he was arrested, and sentenced to 12 days in jail for vandalism.
In Moscow as one however, the risk of a major confrontation with large sections of an increasingly high generation of youth, so after four days was Husky out of prison. It was among other things a large støttekonsert for Husky in the capital Moscow. And it was the presidential administration that intervened to get the husky out, according to a Twitter message from the editor to the statskringkasteren Russia Today. The authorities are, therefore, a little curious, shy in relation to the phenomenon of rap.
they can have the good due to. Putin remember even from his upbringing in Leningrad (as St. Petersburg was then called) how the communist authorities ' attempts to ban western and western inspired - rock music failed. Leningrad was the rock capital of the Soviet union, when Putin was a grown man, and although the authorities tried to close the door for this subversive music, then needed it on through the cracks in the walls and doors. It was explicitly forbidden as was young people's music. It is in the nature of things.
Putin had a good team with the younger generations, who have been an important part of his power base. Many of Russia's rappers have backed up his nationalist watchwords, and supported the annexation of Crimea, and the war in Eastern Ukraine. The shape is the way that it falls quite naturally to be large in the mouth.
But growing up in today's Russia is no Sunday school. The poor province is often without hope and future, something a lot of Russian samtidslitteratur also tells us. A prominent rapper, Ivan Dryomin, gave in the year released a disc with among other things, this tekstlinja: "Since my birth, there has not been any freedom in this country". This explicit criticism, the tone is relatively new, according to those who know the environment. Therefore intervened Putin, and asked to lead rappen "in the necessary direction", instead of banning it. The last words are hardly spoken.